The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index fell below growth-neutral for the sixth-consecutive month.  On a scale of one to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral, the Economic Confidence Index plummeted to its lowest level since 2020.  Almost 31% of bank CEOs in the survey area recommend that the Fed cease raising interest rates.


Despite the weaker rural outlook, only 14% of the CEOs say their bank had increased financial commitments on farm loans.  Farmland demand remains strong as the Farmland Price index climbed above 50 for the 26th month in a row.  Almost 61% of bank CEOs expect these high farmland prices to plateau, while 22% say those land prices will likely decline during the period.


“The rural Mainstreet economy is now experiencing a downturn in economic activity,” said Dr. Ernie Goss. “Last month, almost one in four bankers said the economy was already in a recession.”


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