Who Benefits from Agricultural Policy? – Commentary

🕔Sep 19, 2018If you asked, “Who benefits from agricultural policy?” we suspect that the first answer would be “farmers.” And, that would be partly correct. Farmers are directly affected by agricultural policy. […]

Ag, Ethanol Groups to Trump – We Need Relief Now, Not Later – DTN

🕔Sep 14, 2018Leaders of several agriculture and ethanol groups on Wednesday appealed to President Donald Trump to immediately approve year-round sales of E15 and to reallocate Renewable Fuel Standard small-refinery waivers to […]

Texas: Free Farm Bill Workshop, Lubbock, Aug. 28-29

🕔Aug 22, 2018The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a free two-day workshop at Lubbock that will cover the basics and options related to the new seed cotton addition to the […]

Emergency Payments for Farmers: Déjà vu All Over Again – Commentary

🕔Aug 16, 2018When we were planning to write a column using our six agricultural policy benchmarks  for evaluating emergency payments—distinct from ad-hoc disaster payments—we thought we would be confined to those adopted […]

Farm Bill: Conference Negotiations Begin

🕔Aug 10, 2018Congress has completed the procedural steps necessary to begin conference negotiations on the two 2018 farm bills produced by the House and Senate.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office has updated […]

China Tariffs: The Last Straw for Our Weak Ag Economy – Commentary

🕔Aug 8, 2018Stop the presses! We intended to use this column to continue our examination of the various commodity policies that have been enacted in recent years beginning with the 1996 Farm […]

Texas: 42nd Annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour, Canyon, Aug. 28

🕔Aug 3, 2018The 42nd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug. 28 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. […]

Remember When ‘Freedom to Farm’ Became ‘Freedom to Fail’? – Commentary

🕔Aug 2, 2018Two weeks ago, we used this column to describe 6 preferences (Ag Policy: What are Our Guiding Principles? – Commentary) that we use in our analysis of various commodity policies that […]

Ag Labor: H-2C Program, E-Verify Will Harm Longtime Work Force – DTN

🕔Jul 27, 2018Coalitions of farm groups are at odds over whether the House should vote this week on a bill introduced last week by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to […]

Ag Policy: What Would Unfettered Free Markets Look Like? – Commentary

🕔Jul 27, 2018We begin this overview of recent US agricultural policies by looking at the driving rationale, apart from ever present budgetary constraints, behind many of the policy decisions made by Congress […]

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