Agriculture and the Economy

The Kansas City Fed is a leader on topics related to the agricultural economy within the Federal Reserve System. Our work provides insights on agricultural and rural economies for our seven-state region of the Tenth Federal Reserve District and nationally.

Latest Updates

Ag Finance Update

Rebound in Farm Lending Continues

Farm lending activity continued to increase gradually alongside further growth in loan sizes.

Ag Finance Update

Farm Debt Climbs but Financial Stress Remains Limited

Farm real estate debt continued to climb and led to a notable increase in agricultural loan balances at commercial banks.

Ag Finance Update

Farm Loan Interest Rates Rise Sharply

Interest rates on farm loans increased sharply in the third quarter.

Ag Credit Survey

Strong Farm Economy, but Interest Expenses and Drought Intensify Pressures

Interest rates on farm loans increased sharply and the acceleration in farm real estate values continued to ease.

Ag Bulletin

Third Quarter Ag Bulletin

U.S. farm income remained strong in the third quarter despite a further decline in agricultural commodity prices.

Economic Bulletin

Commodity Prices Have Limited Influence on U.S. Food Inflation

Shifts in consumer behavior and higher costs along the supply chain have contributed to a surge in food prices.

Ag Finance Update

Real Estate Lending Pushes Farm Debt Higher

Strong growth in farm real estate debt pushed agricultural loan balances higher at commercial banks in the second quarter.

Ag Finance Update

Ag Credit Conditions Remain Strong as Risks Grow

Agricultural credit conditions remained strong in the second quarter, but slower improvement was expected in the coming months.

Ag Credit Survey

Solid Farm Economy, but Signs of Slowing

Financial conditions in the Tenth District farm economy remained solid in the second quarter.

Resources on the Ag Economy

Ag Finance Updates

Find articles summarizing recent developments in agricultural finance and lending.

Ag Credit Survey

The quarterly Ag Credit Survey provides current indicators of the financial performance of Tenth District agriculture.

Ag Symposium

The Kansas City Fed's Agricultural Symposium explores topics of current and emerging significance to agriculture.

Ag Outlooks

Review the latest Ag Bulletin for a summary of ag conditions and additional outlook articles on the ag economy.

Kansas City Fed Research

Find recent monetary policy, payments system and regional and community research from the Kansas City Fed.

Our Connection to Agriculture

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has a long history of focus on the U.S. and global agricultural economy. The Tenth Federal Reserve District, which includes Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri, is strongly connected to agriculture, from farm production and food manufacturing to agricultural banking and finance. Because the industry is vital to the region we serve, the Kansas City Fed is committed to understanding developments in the agricultural economy and gathering perspectives from rural America in order to include them in discussions on the national economy.

2022 Agricultural Symposium: Help Wanted in Agriculture

The 2022 Agricultural Symposium explored the role of labor in determining the long-term outlook for agriculture.

May 23-24 | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Learn more about the program, view presentations, and read the stories behind the topics discussed.