Would Set-Aside Programs Boost Commodity Prices? (First In A Series) Jun 29, 2020

🕔Jun 29, 2020
Low prices, trade conflict and a global pandemic are producing a potential perfect storm of problems for the farm economy that a flood of federal payments is unlikely to address.  […]

Senate Ag Committee Hearing: Monetizing Voluntary Conservation Practices Jun 25, 2020

🕔Jun 25, 2020
On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a Legislative Hearing to Review S. 3894, The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020. In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kans.) stated that, “S. 3894 would assist […]

What Farmers Need – Commentary Nov 27, 2019

🕔Nov 27, 2019
With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis. It wasn’t […]

Trade Aid: New Direction in Public Ag Policy? Nov 22, 2019

🕔Nov 22, 2019
On November 15, USDA announced issuance of the second tranche of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for 2019. As of November 18, 2019, USDA reports that MFP 2019 has paid […]

Brazilians Defend Their Ag Policies – DTN Nov 18, 2019

🕔Nov 18, 2019
Brazil’s political and agricultural leaders are incensed over global criticism of Amazon fires and deforestation and they are pushing back. At a conference Wednesday in downtown Washington, D.C., Brazilian agribusiness […]

Great Plains – Dust Bowl Lessons Nov 8, 2019

🕔Nov 8, 2019
Drought continues to hit the Great Plains on a cyclical basis yet the region remains a key component of American agriculture, consisting of nearly 10% of national production.  To date, […]

Farm Bill Design: Unintended Consequences – Commentary Oct 23, 2019

🕔Oct 23, 2019
As farm policy has moved away from its roots in the Great Depression, we have observed what policy elements have worked well and which ones have created problems. As farm […]

Farm Conservation Policy – What’s Next? Oct 18, 2019

🕔Oct 18, 2019
The 2018 Farm Bill produced a rare setback for natural resources conservation policy. The current suite of conservation programs are all built out of the landmark Food Security Act of […]

U.S. Farmers Keep Planting, No Matter the Price – Commentary Oct 10, 2019

🕔Oct 10, 2019
For as long as we can remember, we have made the point that farmers plant all their acres all the time. Recently, someone challenged us on that assertion using our […]

Cattle Group Challenges USDA on Tagging – DTN Oct 10, 2019

🕔Oct 10, 2019
USDA’s plans to mandate the use of radio frequency identification of animals in interstate commerce has drawn the ire of a number of ranchers who are part of a lawsuit […]

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