Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Danny Klinefelter DTN Farm Business Advisor
Mon Jul 15, 2013 08:37 PM CDT

Federal Reserve pronouncements jolt stock and bond markets, just as much as USDA's crop reports can send commodity prices spinning. But with exports, inflation, interest rates and credit availability at stake, it's worth asking how a shift in Fed policy matters to U.S. agriculture now.

The most obvious is the Fed sets monetary policy. It is also "independent" of the federal government. It derives its authority from Congress, but its monetary policies do not have to be approved by the president or anyone in the executive or legislative branches of government.

Is that self-reliance good or bad? It depends on ...

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