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Rice Farming: Still Losing Money but Keeping Costs Down Has Helped – Commentary

Rice Farming: Still Losing Money but Keeping Costs Down Has Helped – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Feb 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.  In this series, thus far we have looked at the costs and returns for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. Before we look at rice in this week’s column we thought

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Cotton Farming: 7 Straight Years of Losses – Commentary

Cotton Farming: 7 Straight Years of Losses – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Feb 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.  Over the last three weeks, we have examined the costs and returns for corn, soybeans, and wheat production—the three most widely grown row crops in the US—and the picture has

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Wheat Farmers Have Lost Money for 4 Years in a Row – Commentary

Wheat Farmers Have Lost Money for 4 Years in a Row – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Feb 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.   Wheat is the third most widely grown row crop in the US with 50.1 million planted acres and 43.9 million harvested acres in 2016. Total planted acres have been generally

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Soybean: Farmers Advised to Watch Production Expenses Closely – Commentary

Soybean: Farmers Advised to Watch Production Expenses Closely – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Jan 24, 2018

Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.  Continuing our look at the profitability of major row crops in the US, we turn to soybeans this week. The relative profitability of the major crops produced in the US

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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

Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.  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

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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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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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