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Survey: Midwest Rural Economy Improving

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The rural economy in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states appears to be on the upswing.

A survey of bankers released Thursday finds the farm economy
growing at a "very healthy pace." The Rural Mainstreet Index jumped from 52.9 last month to 58.4 this month, the highest since June 2007. Anytime the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy will grow.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says the results were helped by farmland price growth,
which continues at a rapid pace. The farmland price index rose to
75.4 from October's 66.9 -- the 22nd straight month the index has
been above growth-neutral 50.

The survey covers Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.


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