Illinois Corn Growers Face a Profitability Problem

🕔Jan 5, 2018This is a presentation summary from the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 18-22, 2017. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries […]

Updating ARC-CO and the Next Bill: Market and Policy Design Considerations

🕔Dec 4, 2017U.S. farm safety net policy is evolutionary (Zulauf and Orden). One evolutionary trait is updating reauthorized programs to reflect not only performance issues but also changes in markets, budget constraints, […]

Farm Safety Net: Analysis of the ARC-CO Payment Cap for Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat

🕔Nov 17, 2017Revenue losses driven primarily by low commodity prices in 2014, 2015, and 2016 have triggered ARC-CO payments on corn, soybean, and wheat base in counties across the country. Where payments […]

Farm Bill Options: What About Blending ARC and PLC Programs? – Commentary

🕔Nov 10, 2017The 2014 farm bill required farms to choose between ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). While overlap in payments can occur, ARC and PLC have different design […]

Midwest Corn: Comparing NASS and RMA County Yields

🕔Nov 3, 2017Controversy has surrounded determination of ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage county) yields. One component of this controversy is the difference in the county yields determined by NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) […]

Rice: USDA Announces 2016 PLC Payment Rates

🕔Oct 31, 2017On October 30, 2017 the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the 2016 Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payment rates for Long Grain and Medium Grain Rice.  The Agricultural Act of […]

Farm Safety Net: Comparing ARC-CO and PLC Payments from 2014 to 2016

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🕔Oct 26, 2017The daily article from October 13, 2017 provided a comparison of ARC-CO and PLC payments for 2016 for corn and wheat. Today’s article provides county level comparisons for the two programs over […]

Farm Business: Comparing 2016 ARC-CO and PLC Payments

🕔Oct 17, 2017The daily article from October 6, 2017 presents a summary of 2016 ARC-CO payments for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Today’s article provides county level estimates of PLC payments for these […]

Farm Safety Net: Outlook for 2017 ARC-CO Payments

🕔Oct 11, 2017For those counties in which payments will be received, farmers and land owners will soon receive Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments related to 2016 production. […]

2016 ARC-CO Payments Now Available

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🕔Oct 9, 2017The Farm Service Agency has released 2016 county yields, thereby providing all information needed to calculate Agricultural Risk Coverage – County Coverage (ARC-CO) payments. This article contains maps showing payments […]

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