February 4, 2019

Indiana Farm Bankruptcies Increased 36% In 2018

Fifteen farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in 2018, up from 11 in 2017. - Steve Burns/WFIU-WTIU News

Fifteen farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in 2018, up from 11 in 2017.

Steve Burns/WFIU-WTIU News

The number of Hoosier farmers who filed for bankruptcy increased significantly last year. The American Farm Bureau says Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings in Indiana increased 36 percent, while national numbers decreased slightly.

The Indiana Farm Bureau says the large surplus of soybeans and corn, paired with the impact of Chinese tariffs, is forcing farmers to tighten their budgets.

Bob White is the Director of National Government Relations for the Indiana Farm Bureau. He says 15 farms underwent Chapter 12 Bankruptcy last year, and worries more could be added in 2019.

"From 2014 on, it’s been a downhill slide," White says. "They’ve used up their cash reserves, they’ve extended their long term debt to a point where this year it was just too much for them to handle."

White says farmers could have some relief in the form of higher prices for stored grain when the USDA market reports are released next week.

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