Farm Economy: 2 Events Had Long Term Impact on Corn Prices – Commentary

🕔Feb 7, 2019With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the rearview mirror, it’s an appropriate time to look at farm bills and other factors that have an impact on the […]

WOTUS Controversy: What’s That About? – Commentary

🕔Jan 30, 2019Government regulations! They are the bane of our existence when they limit an action we want to take, require us to fill out paperwork, or make something that we want […]

U.S. Government Shutdown – Congress, President Need to Feel this Pain – Commentary

🕔Jan 23, 2019As we write this column, the US is going into the 23rd day of the partial shutdown of the federal government. When we discussed the shutdown in the previous column, […]

ARC Farm Program Failed in 2017, State-by-State Examination – Commentary

🕔Dec 27, 2018A couple of weeks ago, a reader from Iowa wrote us, “I stopped into the Farm Service Agency office today…to see if there would be any farm subsidies this year, […]

Farm Bill Passed – What About Rural Health Care? – Commentary

🕔Dec 19, 2018Of all the non-farm-bill issues affecting rural communities, access to health care is certain to be near the top, along with non-farm employment opportunities. Having grown up in or lived […]

Public Funding of Education – It’s Time to Do More – Commentary

🕔Nov 30, 2018While much of the debate over the farm bill is focused on commodity, environmental, and nutrition policies, they are not the only issues that affect the quality of life in […]

Farm Bill Includes Legalizing Industrial Hemp and SNAP Changes – Commentary

🕔Nov 25, 2018With 2018 Congressional elections in the rearview mirror, a look at the implications the results have for the farm bill is in order.   The shift in the House of Representatives […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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