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Farm debt has received increased attention in recent years. During the past two decades farm debt has increased – approaching levels last observed in the 1980s. Even as farm income has increased producers are still relying on inflated debt levels. Offsetting some of the challenges of increased debt levels have been better interest rates and lesser interest expenses. This week’s post considers another important trend in farm debt – longer repayment terms.

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report published by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI and funded by a grant from The Vanguard Charitable Philanthropic Impact Fund analyzes effects of the 2008 Great Recession on charitable giving across various donor demographic groups and examines differences pre- and post-recession. The report offers key insights for nonprofits and donors as they face new and evolving factors affecting the philanthropic sector in the United States.

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MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF), the holding company of MutualBank (the "Bank"), announced today record quarterly net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $6.1 million, or $0.71 diluted earnings per common share. This compared to net income available to common shareholders for the same period in 2018 of $5.4 million, or $0.62 diluted earnings per common share. Net income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 represents an annualized return on average assets of 1.18% and return on average tangible common equity of 12.65% compared to 1.07% and 12.92%, respectively, for the same period of last year.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2019 of $0.645 per share on outstanding common stock.

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The 2019-2020 Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s “Financial Literacy for Dairy Now” is open for registration. An advanced third level has been added to the multi-level program designed for dairy-farm owners, chief financial officers and partners. The program also has been a valuable professional-development resource for veterinarians, nutritionists and other agribusiness professionals. Offered in multiple sessions, “Financial Literacy for Dairy” provides attendees a solid financial understanding and foundation complimented by instruction in more-complex principles.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director William J Graff has announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from 2019 spring flooding.