This book is concerned with the paradigm shifts occurring in U.S. agriculture and its related financial services sector. It explains the major challenges and opportunities confronting those firms that lend to agricultural producers and agribusinesses as they prepare for the twenty-first century.
Introduction Part One: Forces Inducing Change 1. Macroeconomic Factors and International Linkages Affecting the Financing of Agriculture in a World Economy 2. Changes in the Farm Sector Part Two: Future Directions for Agricultural Finance 3. New and Changing Rules of the Game 4. The Emerging Agricultural Lending System 5. Emerging Strategies for Traditional Lenders Part Three: Who will be the Lenders and What will they be Doing? 6. The Role of Federal Credit Programs 7. Emerging Nontraditional Lenders and Products Part Four: Policy Implications 8. Public and Private Policy Implications