Ag Economists Monthly Monitor
University of Missouri
Farm Journal

The Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor survey is a joint effort between Farm Journal and agricultural policy research centers at the University of Missouri. Questions are sent to agricultural economists nationwide to gauge perspectives on important drivers of agriculture and provide unique and timely insights that affect stakeholders at all levels of the industry with the results being posted on Ag Web.


The value of Monthly Monitor

Participants in the Monthly Monitor survey are carefully selected to represent both academic and industry perspectives from across the United States. The first of its kind, the survey harvests insight from individuals with expertise in crop, livestock, policy and agricultural finance. The economists provide insights into agricultural economic health and views on market trends through crop and livestock production forecasts, farm income expectations, as well as pre-USDA report estimates. The survey is anonymous, a key factor what makes this survey so valuable.

The Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor is a survey of nationally recognized economists representing multiple universities, commodity groups and private organizations and companies spanning multiple geographic regions. This diversity allows for expertise in a variety of crop, livestock and policy sectors.

The Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center (RaFF) and the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri support the Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor survey as it provides farms, ranches and agribusinesses a glimpse into expert economist opinion on the current and future states of agricultural markets, domestically and abroad. RaFF and FAPRI team members are enthusiastic about the future of the Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor and the opportunity the survey affords for economists of varying expertise to share their views with a broader audience.

Economists were asked their biggest concerns regarding the outlook of U.S. agriculture. The responses varied based on crops and livestock, but in general, the Monthly Monitor revealed the biggest concerns include:

• Increased input prices
• Abnormal weather patterns (including drought)
• Export demand and geopolitical risks
• Margin squeeze for producers
• Increased interest rates
• Regulatory pressures negative impact on demand.

To view more in-depth coverage from the first Monthly Monitor, visit

Monthly Monitor News

Agricultural Economy Situation

The Ag Economy Is Healthy, And That’s One Reason Economists Think It Could Be 2025 Before We See A New Farm Bill

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Ag Economists Turn More Bullish On Soybean Prices, Corn Prices Are a Big Red Flag

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Could Cattle Prices Soar Through Next Year? That’s What Economists Think, And It Could Completely Change the Industry

Digging into the findings

Tyne Morgan talks with University of Missouri Agricultural Economist, Scott Brown about the findings of the first Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor Reports

Ag Economists' Monthly Monitor

February 2024 Report

Fallout From Falling Net Farm Income and Stubborn Interest Rates: Ag Economists Reveal What’s Now at Risk in 2024

As farmers face the reality of falling commodity prices and tighter margins in 2024, the latest Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor shows a projected major drop in net farm income this year with interest rates not expected to improve much if any in 2024.
January 2024 Report

Why Ag Economists Think Net Farm Income Could Fall to Lowest Level in 3 Years

Agricultural economists’ views on the ag economy took a dive in the first Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor of 2024. Lower commodity prices, along with the outlook for higher costs, continue to weigh on the agriculture industry.
December 2023 Report

From a Recession in China to $4 Corn, Here Are 10 Potential Surprises Ag Economists Say Could Impact Agriculture in 2024

From the election to world trade, as well as geopolitical factors that have the potential to shape agriculture in 2024, ag economists think the coming year is poised for several possible surprises that could have a direct impact on farmers across the U.S.
November 2023 Report

Will Border Security Issues Force Congress To Take Action On Immigration Reform? Ag Economists Say It's Unlikely

With a renewed push by the GOP to address illegal border crossings, and the White House emphasizing the need to allocate more than $13 billion to manage the increase of migrants into the U.S., the topic as at the forefront of policy discussion once again.
October 2023 Report

The Ag Economy Is Healthy, And That's One Reason Economists Think It Could Be 2025 Before We See A New Farm Bill

Political dysfunction, a healthy ag economy, lack of urgency and the start of a presidential election year. These are all reasons leading agricultural economists to cast doubts on Congress’ ability to pass a new Farm Bill this year, as well as anticipate a strong possibility the legislation will face gridlock throughout all of 2024.
September 2023 Report

The One Factor That Could Make Or Break the Farm Economy Over the Next 12 Months

Ag economists’ view on the ag economy is starting to erode. The September Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor shows lower commodity prices, concerns about demand and a negative outlook for China’s economy are all contributing to the changing views, even as the cattle herd and U.S. corn and soybean crops continue to shrink. But the most influential piece of the farm economy might be the price of corn.

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