Does the Farm Economy Move in Sync with the General Economy? | Farm Credit East Industry Snapshots Updated

January 24, 2018

Does a good overall economy help or hurt the ag economy? Farm Credit’s Knowledge Exchange team looks at the data behind this question in February’s Knowledge Exchange Partner. We also highlights Farm Credit East’s Industry Snapshots, updated quarterly to give you a glimpse into the latest business and market intelligence from our industry experts.


What the New Tax Law Means for Northeast Agriculture | Northeast Dairy Market Report

January 2, 2018

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years provides overall positive benefits to many Northeast farmers. This month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner reviews some of the provisions of the tax law that will affect producers in 2018. The second article takes a look at the U.S. dairy market and recaps year-over-year comparisons. It also touches on international competition and provides an industry outlook for the coming year.


Why They Buy: Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers’ Markets| Geography of the Congressional Agriculture Committees

November 29, 2017

Farmers are feeling pressure to take more strategic approaches to their marketing. If not, they risk plateauing or, in some cases, declining sales. In this month’s KEP, Christopher Wayne from GrowNYC, shares a few of FARMroots high-impact strategies to help farmers get the most value from farmers’ markets. The second article in this month’s issue looks at the geographical make-up of the Senate and House ag committees that will take the lead in writing the 2018 Farm Bill.


Controlled Environment Agriculture | Industry Snapshots of Major Loan Sectors: Fall 2017

October 27, 2017

In November’s Knowledge Exchange Partner, we explore Controlled Environmental Agriculture, what’s driving its growth, current barriers and what’s in store for this method of farming in the future. The second article gives industry updates and a few predictions for 2018 in the dairy, timber, cash field, livestock, fruit, greenhouse and nursery, aquatic, and vegetable sectors.


Data Shows Rural Northeast Population Shrinking | Eye on Congress: Three Legislative Initiatives to Watch

October 16, 2017

Across the United States a trend has been emerging: For the first time, the overall rural population has been declining as birthrates have fallen and more people move to metro areas. This population shift has numerous implications for Northeast Agriculture and we discuss some of these in this month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner. We’ve also got an eye on Congress this month. Read this issue for a look at three legislative initiatives that are worth tracking. For more information, visit


H-2A Usage Approaches 200,000 Workers | Preparing the Next Generation for Farm Management

September 8, 2017

In September’s Knowledge Exchange Partner, we review H-2A usage across the Northeast, and some of the program’s regulatory challenges that have been an issue for producers. Our second article addresses the considerations that come with preparing the next generation for farm management. We provide some key insights on how to understand multi-generational dynamics and plan for a generational transfer.


Industry Snapshots | Key Economic Indicators

August 9, 2017

This month's Knowledge Exchange Partner shares a new section of our website containing snapshots for nine Northeast agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing industries, and provides a look into Knowledge Exchange's Key Economic Indicator chart series. 


Turbulence in the Grocery Aisles | Late Start to Northeast Agriculture

July 12, 2017

In this month's issue we explore Amazon's intent to acquire Whole Foods Market and the strategic possibilities behind it. This issue also takes a look at how the wet spring is impacting Northeast growers in the field crop and fruit industries.


The Canadian Dairy & Lumber Disputes

June 8, 2017

Trade disputes with Canada in the dairy and forest products industries have been at the forefront of the news lately. Each disputes are quite different, and rather complex. This month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner offers succinct explanations behind each of the trade controversies.


The Northeast Dairy Farm Summary | Benchmarking Can Show the Way to Higher Profits

May 5, 2017

In this month’s Knowledge Exchange Partner, we look at the importance of benchmarking and tracking financial performance. First with a snapshot of the results of the Dairy Farm Summary, Farm Credit’s comprehensive financial analysis of the Northeast dairy industry, and then with an article about Farm Credit East’s Benchmark Solutions program, which customers can use to compare their financial results to industry peers.