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What’s Happening in Agriculture?

What’s Happening in Agriculture?

David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist at the Chicago Fed, discusses the survey findings in this month’s Ag Letter - including where farmland values stand, where they are predicted to move and the status of agricultural credit conditions including nominal interest rates and repayment status outlook.

David Oppedahl

What’s Happening in the U.S. Economy?

What’s Happening in the U.S. Economy?

Chicago Fed Senior Business Economist Paul Traub provides an update on how the U.S. economy has been faring amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Presidential administration and the start of the 117th Congress.

Paul Traub


Helping Homeowners During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons from the Great Recession

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Gene Amromin, Vice President and Director of Financial Research at the Chicago Fed, and Jane Dokko, Assistant Vice President, Community Development and Policy Studies at the Chicago Fed, present their conclusions on lessons learned from the Great Recession and how they might be applied to develop policy that helps financially stressed homeowners during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gene Amromin and Jane Dokko

What’s Happening in the U.S. Economy?

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Chicago Fed Senior Business Economist Paul Traub presents an update on the U.S. economy, including personal consumption, business investment, global trade, government spending, employment conditions, inflation and interest rates.

Paul Traub

The Impact of COVID-19 on Child Care Markets

Rob Grunewald, Economist, and Ben Horowitz, Senior Project Manager, will provide an overview of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ research and analysis regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the child care market.

Rob Grunewald & Ben Horowitz

What’s Happening in Agriculture?

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David Oppedahl discusses findings in the August 2020 Chicago Fed Ag Letter, including farmland values, agricultural credit conditions, borrowers’ repayment issues and nominal interest rates for farm-related loans.

David Oppedahl

Strengthening Financial Empowerment in Indian Country

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Megan Cruz, Senior Economic Education Specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, provides an overview of the St. Louis Fed’s efforts in partnering with Native American tribes and communities to implement personal finance and economic education programs.

Megan Cruz

Conclusions From Conversations About Economic Inclusion From the Midwest

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Prior to COVID-19, the Midwest experienced a decade of growth that benefited some populations and places more than others. Susan summarizes findings from focus groups on what leaders might consider to create sustained economic resilience, implications for inclusive policy and practice and the relevance of COVID-19 to preexisting barriers and divisions.

Susan Longworth

Unemployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As the effects of COVID-19 have intensified, the official measures of unemployment may not fully capture the devastation to the labor market. Jason Faberman, Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, discusses labor market changes during the COVID-19 crisis.

Jason Faberman

Labor Market Trends and Workforce Development Responses to Covid-19

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Atlanta Fed Director, Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity Stuart Andreason, author of Introducing the Unemployment Claims Monitor, discusses his research on unemployment during Covid-19 and how it can be applied to workforce development policies as economies reopen.

Stuart Andreason

Agriculture in the Time of Covid-19

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According to the most recent Ag Letter, the current agriculture economy has decreased substantially, alongside much of the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. What is changing for farmers, the food sector and the economy? Join us for a discussion with senior business economist David Oppedahl to discuss farmland values and how they have changed, key concerns of farmers and agricultural bankers and challenges that agricultural producers may have in the coming months.

David Oppedahl

Instant Payments – An Update on FedNow

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Join Connie Theien, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations for the Federal Reserve System as she provides the latest update on development of FedNow – the Federal Reserve’s instant payments service.

Connie Theien

The Effects of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic on Service Workers

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The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities in the United States. Service workers, including those working in food service, cleaning and building maintenance, retail and hospitality, and warehouse jobs are facing particularly acute challenges at this time.

Sara Chaganti and Beth Mattingly

Fintech Lending to Small Businesses

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Ann Marie from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Barbara from the Federal Reserve Board discuss their research on the experiences of small businesses that seek credit from fintech lenders.

Ann Marie Wirsch and Barbara Lipman

What’s Happening in Agriculture

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According to the most recent summary of economic conditions, farmers are somewhat optimistic about trade and agriculture. Yet, has agriculture's financial situation changed from a year ago?

David discusses farmland values, key concerns of farmers and agricultural bankers, and challenges that agricultural producers may have the rest of the year.

David Oppedahl

What's Happening in the U.S. Economy

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At the January Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the Committee indicated that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity continues to rise at a moderate rate. They also mentioned the following: job gains have been solid recently. The unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has been rising at a moderate pace. Business fixed investment and exports remain weak.

Paul discusses what this means for the U.S. economy.

Paul Traub

What is Behind the Persistence of the Racial Wealth Gap?

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Dionissi, Dan, and Eric discuss the persistence of the racial wealth gap and specifically why black households in the U.S. have, on average, less weather than white households.

Dionissi Aliprantis, Daniel Carroll, Eric Young


The Founding of America's First Black Banks

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Tim Todd discusses the widely unknown history of African American banks that provided benefits to the communities they served. The Kansas City Fed recently published the historical book, Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America's First Black Banks. Discover how three banks – True Reformers, Capital Savings Bank, and the Alabama Penny Saving Bank – innovated community banking.

Tim Todd

Real Wage Growth over the Recent Expansion

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Dan discusses the link between real wage growth and unemployment for different demographic groups and how the economic recovery has impacted less advantaged groups.

Dan Aaronson

An Outlook on the U.S. and Michigan Economies

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Paul discusses the current economic situation for the U.S. and Michigan, provides an update of economic activity for Detroit, and the Fed’s perspective and an update on monetary policy.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, a recording of this webinar is not available. You may download the slide deck here.

Paul Traub

Emissions Cheating and Its Impact on Child Health

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Diane discusses the effects of pollution from emission-cheating cars on the health of infants and children, the broader health costs of car pollution, and how to address concerns with emissions.
Diane Alexander

The State of Agriculture

Graph showing amount of acres planted in the U.S. for corn and soybeans. Soybeans have declined in recent months.
David Oppedahl discusses farmland values and how they have changed since the first quarter of the year, key concerns of agricultural banks, and challenges that agricultural producers may have the rest of the year.
David Oppedahl

The Value of Infrastructure

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Rick Mattoon discusses the economic benefits of infrastructure investment, selecting and funding projects, and the hidden costs to financing projects.
Rick Mattoon

U.S. and Michigan Economic Outlooks

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While U.S. economic growth is expected to remain slightly above its potential for 2019, forecasters are now predicting economic growth to fall below 2.0% for 2020. Like the U.S. economy, light vehicle sales, a strong indication of Michigan’s economic health, are projected to continue to slow through the end of the year. Paul Traub discusses what these forecasts mean for the economies of the U.S. and Michigan.
Paul Traub

The Ag Economy: What's Changed, What's the Same

Graph showing falling oil prices and lower gas prices boost consumers, yet hinder energy sector
Discussed latest developments from the February AgLetter.
David Oppedahl

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