What’s the outlook for the rural economy? Here are 10 factors that may affect you

A confluence of factors suggest there’s some downside risk this year, both here and abroad.

The rural economy, like the many arms of agriculture that help support it, is a complex system. While production agriculture is one of the main drivers in the rural economy (oil and gas being the other), what happens outside rural America both here and abroad has a big influence on what happens at the ranch gate.

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