2019 Farm Bankruptcies: A 20% Increase Compounded by Record High Debt and Record Low Income

The 2019 year-end bankruptcy filing data is finally in, and not surprisingly, Chapter 12 filings increased significantly–almost 20%–from the previous year. Nationwide, there were 595 Chapter 12 filings in 2019, compared with 498 for calendar year 2018. The 2019 levels are the highest in eight years, with the last peak being 637 in 2011 (immediatelyContinue reading “2019 Farm Bankruptcies: A 20% Increase Compounded by Record High Debt and Record Low Income”

Chapter 12 and the New Capital Gains Tax Rule: More Upside for FSA Lenders in 2020?

Notwithstanding recent good news on China ag commodity purchase commitments, market experts are forecasting continued oversupply and difficult conditions for farmers through the first half of 2020, with the pipeline of new Chapter 12 filings expected to continue unabated, especially for dairy and protein producers. But there’s at least a hypothetical light at the end of theContinue reading “Chapter 12 and the New Capital Gains Tax Rule: More Upside for FSA Lenders in 2020?”

Chapter 12’s New $10 Million Debt Limit: Will Farm Bankruptcy Filings Spike?

Following the enactment of the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 in August, there has been endless speculation as to whether the Act’s dramatic increase in the Chapter 12 maximum debt limit—from about $4.4 million to $10 million—would catalyze a spike in Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filings. Recent agricultural lending and other economic data indicateContinue reading “Chapter 12’s New $10 Million Debt Limit: Will Farm Bankruptcy Filings Spike?”