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 […]

Ag Policy: What are Our Guiding Principles? – Commentary

🕔Jul 18, 2018When we talk to agricultural economists and members of Congress about what expectations they have for agricultural policy, they usually express a preference for policy instruments that do not interfere […]

Farm Bill and SNAP: Reality of Cutting $126 Monthly Payment – Commentary

🕔Jun 5, 2018Nothing has caused more problems for the House of Representatives’ 2018 Farm Bill than the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—the successor program to food stamps). There […]

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 […]

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