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Farm-sector solvency ratios continue to improve despite slower asset growth in 2014

The debt-to-equity ratio and the debt-to-asset ratio are major indicators of the financial well-being of the farm sector. Lower ratios signify that farmers are relying less on borrowed funds to finance their asset holdings. The steady decline in both ratios since the mid-1980s is due to relatively large growth in the value of farm assets (driven principally by increases in farm real estate values), while farm-debt levels increased at a much slower pace.

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Last updated: Monday, September 16, 2013

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