Market Journal – April 24, 2015

This week on Market Journal…

Market Analysis – Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, discusses planting progress across Nebraska and the rest of the U.S. Jeff also analyzes fund positions and the strength of the currency in the U.S. and Brazil.

Nebraska Farm Incomes – The USDA expects U.S. net farm income in 2015 to be $73.6 billion. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business Inc. executive director, gives a preliminary look at how her group of producers fared in 2014. Tina also talks about costs and lending in 2015.

Ag Property Taxes – A 2013 report from UNL's Department of Agricultural Economics detailed how Nebraska's agriculture sector had become the heavy lifter of local government services. Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension public policy specialist, explains concepts in the Nebraska Legislature regarding agricultural property tax reform.

Cover Crops Research – Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension educator, discusses grower-based research studying the use of cover crops through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. Jenny says there are many different reasons farmers may want to use cover crops.

Weather Outlook – Stonie Cooper, High Plains Regional Climate Center, gives a weather outlook for the coming week.

Next week on Market Journal… Mike Briggs will join us to give his thoughts on cattle markets. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension forage specialist, will update us on pasture conditions in Nebraska. And we will show you why Japan is a critical market for U.S. agriculture.



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