Extreme Cold, Falling Crop Prices Blamed For Rural Economic Slowdown

Investing.com (Feb. 24, 2014) | The rural economy shrunk for the first time since September 2012. The extreme cold and falling grain prices seen at the end of January were cited as the reasons for the decrease. Farmland values and farm equipment sales continue to trend lower from last month, which can be attributed to the uncertainty of the commodities market entering 2014.