Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 35 years. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's biofuels focus, he''s lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. After growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois, Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications and a master''s degree in business administration in the early 1970s. Since then he''s covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various positions with Farm Journal Magazine and Professional Farmers of America. He now applies his extensive background and analytical skills to today's surprising farm and ranch market as editor of LandOwner.
Semi-annual appraisal update finds gains throughout the region.
Farmers National Company outlines current trend in farmland values.
Rural Mainstreet Index finds strongest equipment sales reading since 2013.
A rise in commodity prices and influx of federal funds improved outlook for farm income.
The RMI farmland and ranch index exceeds growth neutral for only the third time in 82 months.