Economic Outlook


This presentation covers the general conditions of the U.S. economy and look at key economic trends, including in certain sectors. In particular, there is a focus on the employment situation and inflation. Also covered, is the role of monetary policy and prospects for the economy going forward.

Our guest speaker, David Oppedahl, is Senior Business Economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Oppedahl conducts research on the agricultural sector and rural development, as well as analyzes business conditions and the regional economy. He directs the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s survey of agricultural banks on agricultural land values and credit conditions and publishes the results in Agletter, the Chicago Fed’s quarterly agricultural publication. In addition to his research, he regularly briefs the Chicago Fed’s president on the agricultural economy and organizes the annual Agriculture Conference.