Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Rural Economy

CoBank is interested in the overall health and welfare of the entire U.S. rural economy, as well as those industries included in its Centers of Excellence. Analysts in the Knowledge Exchange Division routinely prepare overviews of the U.S. rural economy as well as analyses of economic issues that have wide-ranging effects on the rural economy.

Quarterly U.S. Rural Economic Review
Trade War Rhetoric Shifts to Reality, Q2-2018
Trade War Risks Loom over Agriculture, Q1-2018
Agriculture Contends with Large Supplies and Trade Uncertainties, Q4-2017
Unrelenting Abundance, Q3-2017
New Crop Potential and Trade Uncertainties Driving Markets, Q2-2017
Mounting Oversupplies and Trade Uncertainties Roiling the Agricultural Markets, Q1-2017
Massive Grain and Oilseed Stocks Weigh on Commodity Markets, Q4-2016
Record U.S. Harvests Disrupt the Grain Market Dynamics, Q3-2016
Price Volatility Returns to Agriculture, Q2-2016
Agricultural Challenges Mount as Prices and Margins Wane, Q1-2016
Lower Commodity Prices Persist, Q4-2015
Larger Supplies Continue to Challenge U.S. Agriculture, Q3-2015
Mounting Agricultural Supplies Pressuring Prices, Q2-2015
Agricultural Markets Settle into Lower, Narrower Price Ranges, Q1-2015
Farm Commodity Prices Realigning, Q4-2014
Toward a New Pricing Paradigm, Q3-2014
Transitions Ahead, Q2-2014
Cautious Optimism Prevails, Q1-2014
Forward Progress Instills Guarded Optimism, Q4-2013
Global Grain Harvest Sets the Stage for Rebuilding Stocks, Q3-2013
Agricultural Markets Focused on Transition from the Old to the New Crop, Q2-2013
Subpar Economic Growth, Drought Relief, and Upbeat Crop Prospects, Q1-2013
Weak Global Growth and Continuing Crop Concerns, Q4-2012
Sputtering Global Economy and Drought-Impaired Agricultural Markets, Q3-2012
Mounting Economic Woes and Rising Crop Concerns, Q2-2012
At an Inflection Point?, Q1-2012
Risks and Rewards, Realigning, Q4-2011

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