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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: The Marketing Loan Program, Get it Right This Time – Commentary

Farm Bill 2018: The Marketing Loan Program, Get it Right This Time – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Oct 13, 2017

The US instituted a non-recourse marketing loan program to enable farmers to avoid having to sell their crop at harvest time, a time when prices are usually at their annual low. Instead of selling their crop, farmers can take out

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Farm Bill: Senate Hearings – Trade, and Conservation Reserve Program Examined

Farm Bill: Senate Hearings – Trade, and Conservation Reserve Program Examined

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Oct 6, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider three nominees for key trade positions, while the Senate Ag Committee questioned two nominees for Undersecretary posts at the USDA.  Today’s update highlights some key points from the hearings,

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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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USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments – Total Exceeds $9.6 Bln

USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments – Total Exceeds $9.6 Bln

👤From USDA 🕔Oct 3, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that over $9.6 billion in payments will be made, beginning this week, to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. The United States Department of

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Senate Farm Bill Hearing, Rural Development: Broadband Access, Opioid Epidemic Noted

Senate Farm Bill Hearing, Rural Development: Broadband Access, Opioid Epidemic Noted

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Sep 29, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its ninth Farm Bill hearing where the panel turned its attention to rural development and energy programs.  Recall that a House Agriculture Subcommittee explored similar issues back in March.   Today’s update provides a

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Ag Research and Public Funding: Maybe It’s Time for a Shift

Ag Research and Public Funding: Maybe It’s Time for a Shift

👤By Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University Ag Economist; and Constance Cullman, University of Illinois Ag Economist 🕔Sep 29, 2017

Since the Hatch Act was enacted in 1887, public funding of agricultural research has been a U.S. priority and often is cited as a cornerstone for U.S. agricultural abundance. Public funding currently is centered in Title VII of the Agricultural

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Farm Bill: Ag Groups Petition for Increased Export Program Funding

Farm Bill: Ag Groups Petition for Increased Export Program Funding

👤By Frank Leach, USA Rice 🕔Sep 28, 2017

USA Rice joined 150 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports this week in signing a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture, asking them to increase funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture Export programs in

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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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Farm Bill Issue Review: Crop Insurance and Cover Crops

Farm Bill Issue Review: Crop Insurance and Cover Crops

👤By Jonathan Coppess and Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Ag Economists 🕔Sep 22, 2017

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) and other statewide efforts to reduce the loss of nutrients from modern farming include farmer adoption of cover cropping practices as one of the priorities (see, farmdoc daily, March 17, 2016). These efforts are increasing

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