Senior Partners - 4
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:53 AM CDT

INDIANAPOLIS (DTN) -- Admittedly, a farmer we'll call Zach probably isn't paying full market value for his uncle's share of an irrigated specialty farm, but the size and responsibility of his multi-million-dollar, 30-year note still keeps the young farmer up nights. Returns from the produce industry can swing wildly, based on weather damage, port strikes, the dollar's exchange rate, even migrant labor hassles. Farm lenders like to say Iowa corn growers can lose $100 per acre, but it's easy to lose $1,000 per acre some years in potatoes. Don't ask about apples, cherries, grapes and wine.

Conventional farm mortgages don't ...

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