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 FarmCreditEast.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 7, 2017
Buying equipment from a private seller can yield some bargains. But it can also bring headaches if you’re not careful! This month's issue reviews some pitfalls associated with sales "by owner," and outlines a few best practices that could help to mitigate risks. This issue also includes a sneak peek at a few financial highlights in this year's Northeast Dairy Farm Summary.
March 3, 2017
In this month’s issue, Dr. Steve Reiners looks at vegetable growers’ concerns going into the 2017 growing season: Labor, expenses, FSMA and weather, are but a few. Additionally, Eric Kingsley discusses the challenges for Northeast low-grade wood markets – a critical part of the overall market for timber products.
February 2, 2017
The month's issue discusses current economic indicators and their effects on the green and grain and oilseed industries into 2017. The housing market is a continuing bright spot for the green industry - a prime influencer of derived demand for products and services. This KEP also reveals the single indicator grain and oilseed producers need to know to predict what prices will do.