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Corn, 2018: Expect an Average Loss of $115.33 Per Planted Acre – Commentary

Corn, 2018: Expect an Average Loss of $115.33 Per Planted Acre – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jan 17, 2018

As a new year begins, we are going to take the time to look at the profitability of the major crops produced by US farmers, in part because their financial situation will affect both the type and the cost of

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Congressional Budgets and Word Banning: ‘This is no way to run a railroad.’ – Commentary

Congressional Budgets and Word Banning: ‘This is no way to run a railroad.’ – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jan 5, 2018

As social scientists who treasure the concept of academic freedom, we were taken aback when we heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “had banned seven words.” The seven words: entitlement, diversity, vulnerable, transgender, science-based, evidence-based, and fetus.   Upon

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Farm Bill Designed by Multiple Interest Groups – Commentary

Farm Bill Designed by Multiple Interest Groups – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Dec 12, 2017

For many years, farm bills were the province of legislators representing districts and states where farmers constituted a significant portion of the voters. Together these legislators were known as the “farm block” and they dominated the membership of the House

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Farm History Lesson: What do 1983 and 2017 Have in Common? – Commentary

Farm History Lesson: What do 1983 and 2017 Have in Common? – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Dec 4, 2017

Why are supply management programs such an anathema to so many people? Part of the reason can be traced to events that took place 34 years ago.   Between the 1981 crop year and the 1982 crop year, corn ending stocks

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Farm Bill: Programs Cost Taxpayers Too Much, Don’t Address Low Price Issues – Commentary

Farm Bill: Programs Cost Taxpayers Too Much, Don’t Address Low Price Issues – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Nov 22, 2017

During a recent teleconference, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee Michael Conaway said that debate on the farm bill would be pushed into early 2018 and the commodity title would be built on the existing programs: crop revenue insurance, Agricultural

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Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Nov 2, 2017

In looking toward a farm bill based on a supply management program, today’s column examines planting flexibility, the role of crop insurance, World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance, and the problems that accrue with the failure to regularly adjust crop loan

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Farm Bill 2018: Treating the Cause of Low Prices Instead of the Symptoms – Commentary

Farm Bill 2018: Treating the Cause of Low Prices Instead of the Symptoms – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Oct 4, 2017

Late last year, the Texas Farmers Union (TFU) contracted with us to conduct a study of the use of a supply management program as the basis of a proposed 2018 Farm Bill. They wanted us to update the MDIS study

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Ag Policy: Caring for Environment Won’t Pay the Bills, Most Farmers Need Incentives

Ag Policy: Caring for Environment Won’t Pay the Bills, Most Farmers Need Incentives

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Dr. Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Dec 13, 2016

Our focus so far in this series of columns on agricultural policy has been to identify policy elements that that take into account the market failure we see in crop agriculture. For us that means maintaining the price of major

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Farm Policy: If Price Management Makes a Comeback, Who Holds the Crop? – Commentary

Farm Policy: If Price Management Makes a Comeback, Who Holds the Crop? – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, APAC 🕔Dec 1, 2016

In this series of columns, we have argued that: a) governmental farm program programs are necessary because of the inability of aggregate agriculture on both the supply and demand sides to adjust to low prices in the short-to-medium run, b)

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Farm Policy: Years of Solutions Resulting in New Problems – Commentary

👤By Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 🕔Mar 13, 2015

Farm Bill Beginnings Beginning with the 1985 Farm Bill and coming to fruition in the 1996 Farm Bill, policy makers have sought to move away from inventory management policies that were designed to balance out supply and demand for agricultural

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