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Ag Loans: Are Past Arguments Against Raising Rates Valid? – Commentary

Ag Loans: Are Past Arguments Against Raising Rates Valid? – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Oct 18, 2017

In designing the APAC/TFU supply management program for the 8 major storable crops (barley, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, oats, rice, soybeans, and wheat), the corn loan rate was set at 95 percent of the full US cost of production. The

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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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Farm Bill: Top 3 Issues are Not as Important as Low Prices – Commentary

Farm Bill: Top 3 Issues are Not as Important as Low Prices – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Sep 27, 2017

Recently a friend of ours told us about the farm bill listening session he attended during the August Congressional break. He expected the bulk of the comments would focus on the problems farmers are facing as the result of nearly

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Farming in Sub-Sahara Africa: Solutions Often Don’t Match Needs – Commentary

Farming in Sub-Sahara Africa: Solutions Often Don’t Match Needs – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Sep 14, 2017

Five weeks ago, we concluded an article on the loss of productive land in sub-Saharan Africa saying, “In the next column, we will examine other factors that have an impact on hunger and the lives of farmers and herders in Sub

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2014 Farm Bill Was Designed for Corn Prices to Remain Above $4 – Commentary

2014 Farm Bill Was Designed for Corn Prices to Remain Above $4 – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Sep 7, 2017

What was expected to be the 2012 Farm Bill had an auspicious start in 2011 when the leadership of the House Agriculture Committee indicated their intent to complete work on the replacement for the 2008 Farm Bill a year early.

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2008 Farm Bill’s ‘Shiny Thing’ Was a Bust, but Ethanol Saved the Day… Sort Of

2008 Farm Bill’s ‘Shiny Thing’ Was a Bust, but Ethanol Saved the Day… Sort Of

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Aug 31, 2017

In the last two columns, we talked about shiny new agricultural commodity policies that various individuals and groups develop with the goal of supporting farmers during periods of low prices or a one-year decline in the season average price paid

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Corn Market: Mid-Summer Supply, Demand, and Price Estimates

Corn Market: Mid-Summer Supply, Demand, and Price Estimates

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

The July 12, 2017, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) provided commodity markets with a shock when it changed its estimates of corn planted acres from the 90.0 million acres it had used in recent reports to 90.9 million

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Farm Living: Pricey Internet and Lack of Health Insurance – Future Not Promising

Farm Living: Pricey Internet and Lack of Health Insurance – Future Not Promising

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jul 28, 2017

In a recent article, our colleague Alan Guebert wrote that he had to pay “$170 per month [for] rural internet and telephone service compared to $50 per month for both” when he moved from town 12 years ago. Today his

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Ag Research: Funding for Federal Facilities Falls Far Short of Needs

Ag Research: Funding for Federal Facilities Falls Far Short of Needs

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jul 27, 2017

In discussing the agricultural budget, it is easy to focus in on commodity support, nutrition, and environmental programs and ignore the cost of maintaining the agricultural research facilities that are at the heart of the work of the USDA. When

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Limit Your Expectations: Perdue’s New Foreign Ag Trade Office – Policy Pennings

Limit Your Expectations: Perdue’s New Foreign Ag Trade Office – Policy Pennings

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔May 24, 2017

The new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, released a Report to Congress (RTC) “On the proposed 2017 reorganization of the Department of Agriculture to establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs” on May 11, 2017.   The

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