Farm Business: Who You Gonna Call? Tough Times Make Hotlines a Life Saver – Commentary

🕔Mar 7, 2018Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary. As we look toward the beginning of planting season for most of the country, the factors that determine the price they will receive in the […]

Cotton Farming: 7 Straight Years of Losses – Commentary

🕔Feb 7, 2018Editor’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 […]

Soybean: Farmers Advised to Watch Production Expenses Closely – Commentary

🕔Jan 24, 2018Editor’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 […]

Corn, 2018: Expect an Average Loss of $115.33 Per Planted Acre – Commentary

🕔Jan 17, 2018Editor’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 […]

Congressional Budgets and Word Banning: ‘This is no way to run a railroad.’ – Commentary

🕔Jan 5, 2018As 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 […]

Farm Bill Designed by Multiple Interest Groups – Commentary

🕔Dec 12, 2017For 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 History Lesson: What do 1983 and 2017 Have in Common? – Commentary

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🕔Dec 4, 2017Why 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 […]

Farm Bill: Programs Cost Taxpayers Too Much, Don’t Address Low Price Issues – Commentary

🕔Nov 22, 2017During 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 […]

Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

🕔Nov 2, 2017In 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 […]

Farm Bill 2018: Treating the Cause of Low Prices Instead of the Symptoms – Commentary

🕔Oct 4, 2017Late 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 […]

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