Taming agricultural risks
On November 19, 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference to explore the key risks faced by agricultural producers and lenders, as well as the risk-management tools available to them, in today?s volatile environment.
Technology’s Impact on Farming and the Rural Midwest
On November 27, 2018, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies to farms and rural areas in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. Experts from academia, industry, and policy institutions gathered to discuss how technological advances have reshaped the rural economy and how they may affect its future.
Labor Issues Facing Agriculture and the Rural Midwest
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Agricultural trends and paths toward the future - a conference summary
On December 1, 2009, the Chicago Fed held a conference that examined issues shaping the future of Midwest agriculture, with a focus on public policy implications. This conference gathered experts from academia, industry, and policy institutions to discuss trends and possibilities for agriculture in the region and across the nation.
The Downturn in Agriculture: Implications for the Midwest and the Future of Farming
Prices for key agricultural products have fallen from their peaks in recent years, while input costs have not fallen as much. Consequently, many farm operations in the Midwest have had lower revenues and thinner profit margins?and some even losses. On November 29, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference to examine the agricultural downturn in the Midwest and discuss future directions for farming.
Midwest Agriculture’s Ties to the Global Economy
Over a number of decades, agricultural exports have become increasingly important to the bottom line of farmers in the Midwest and other parts of the nation. Moreover, imports of food products from around the world have helped increase business activity here and enhanced the lives of U.S. consumers. On November 28, 2017, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference to explore issues surrounding agricultural trade, particularly those pertinent to the Midwest economy.
The intersection of Midwest agriculture and rural development
On November 9, 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference on rural development and the role of midwestern agriculture. Experts from academia, industry and policy institutions, including U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan, discussed rural employment generated by agriculture, the impacts of agricultural amenities on rural areas and policy directions for agriculture and rural development.
Improving Midwest Agriculture and the Environment
On November 20, 2019, the Chicago Fed held a conference to examine environmental issues related to Midwest agriculture, with a particular focus on conservation practices. Experts from academia, the farming and food industries, and policy institutions gathered to discuss how to keep the region’s farms economically viable while improving the sustainability of its natural resources.