The role of R&D in agriculture and related industries: today and tomorrow—a conference summary (special issue)
On September 24, 2007, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference that explored the role of research and development in agriculture and related sectors, focusing on policies that promote industry growth and rural development.
Globally competitive agriculture and the Midwest: a conference summary
On September 29, 2006, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs held a joint conference on the linkages between global competition in agriculture and the Midwest. This conference brought together industry experts and academics involved in agriculture to discuss the effects of globalization on the Midwest economy.
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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.
Understanding recent trends in Midwest farmland leasing
On November 27, 2012, the Chicago Fed hosted a conference to examine recent trends in farmland leasing and their impacts on agricultural lending. Experts gathered to analyze various kinds of farmland rental arrangements, different sources of income from farmland, and shifting relationships between farmland owners and farm operators?all within the context of large and rapid rises in cash rental rates for Midwest farmland that lag the jumps in value of the land itself.
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 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.