The Year Ahead: Forces That Will Shape the U.S. Rural Economy in 2021

December 2020 - Dan Kowalski, Brian Cavey, Tanner Ehmke, Jeff Johnston, Will Sawyer, Teri Viswanath and Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg

Against all hope that COVID would fade in 2020, the virus will continue to steer the global economy in 2021. Much of next year’s economic trajectory will depend on fiscal policy decisions made over the next couple of months as well as the arrival and reach of a vaccine. In the meantime, higher commodity prices and low interest rates will be an important financial buffer to U.S. net farm income in 2021, especially as the federal government’s farm payments greatly diminish. 

Introduction
The Global Economy
The U.S. Economy
Monetary Policy
U.S. Government
U.S. Farm Economy
Specialty Crops
Grain, Farm Supply, Biofuels
Animal Protein and Dairy
Rural Electricity
Rural Communications

 

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