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Rural Mainstreet Index Weakens in June: Sale of Farmland to Nonfarm Investors Declines

June Survey Results at a Glance:
• Rural Mainstreet Index falls for the first time since February of this year.
• Farmland prices decline for seventh straight month, but rate of decline
slows.
• Almost half of bankers reported higher beef and pork prices are a big
plus.
• The percent of farmland sales for cash declined to 23.7 percent from
28.4 this time last year.
• Over the past year, bankers reported that the percent of farmland
purchased by nonfarm investors sank to 14.4 percent from 19.7 percent.

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2014

April 2014 Mid-American States Economy

Mid-America Economy Begins Second Quarter Briskly:
Export Orders Boost Growth

April survey results at a glance:

•Leading economic indicator rises to highest level in three years.
•Inflation gauge jumps to highest level since March 2012.
•Strong new export orders for the month.
•Almost two-thirds expect Affordable Care Act to have little or no impact on company.

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2014

October 2013 Mountain States Economy

Mountain States Overall Index Hovers at Growth Neutral: One in Six Businesses Report Federal Shutdown Impacts

October survey results at a glance:

• Regional leading indicator moves slightly above growth neutral.
• Employment index slumps below growth neutral.
• Approximately one of six businesses, or 16.7 percent, indicated that the shutdown had negatively affected their firm.
• Impact of federal spending sequestration growing.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2013

October 2013 Mid-American States Economy

Mid-America Index Plummets for October: Negative Impact from Government Shutdown

October survey results at a glance:

• Leading economic indicator drops to its lowest level since 2012.
• Businesses reported job cuts for October.
• Almost one-fourth of businesses report negative impacts from government shutdown.
• New export orders tumbled to lowest level since April 2009.
• Two-thirds of businesses reported no impact from federal spending sequestration.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2013

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