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Farm Bill: Design by Multiple Interest Groups – Commentary

Farm Bill: Design 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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What Is the Impact of Supply Management Programs on U.S. Exports? – Commentary

What Is the Impact of Supply Management Programs on U.S. Exports? – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Nov 15, 2017

We have heard over and over again from people who do not like crop supply management programs. They tell us that these programs put a cap on exports, particularly corn exports and especially if loan rates are near the full

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Farm Bill 2018: Give Price Support Programs Another Look – Commentary

Farm Bill 2018: Give Price Support Programs Another Look – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Nov 10, 2017

The Texas Farmers Union contracted with the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center to develop a design for the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill based on supply management principles. Supply management, as a way to tackle the chronic price/income problems

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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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Commodity Loans, Setasides: Sorting Through the Options – Commentary

Commodity Loans, Setasides: Sorting Through the Options – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Oct 26, 2017

If the loan rates that we discussed in our previous columns are used to take storable agricultural commodities off the market and set a floor on crop prices, what happens to the commodities that are forfeited to the government as

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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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