Are Large Farms Less Risky to Insure than Small Farms? Jan 23, 2019

    ©Debra L Ferguson
    🕔Jan 23, 2019
    Crop insurance has become the backbone of risk management protection afforded to crop farmers by the U.S, Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is evidenced by decreases in Title I of […]

    Tariff Aid: What’s the Impact on U.S. Soybean, Sorghum, and Corn Farmers? Dec 28, 2018

    🕔Dec 28, 2018
    The second quarter 2018 issue of Choices focused on the current trade war between the United States and China. The authors of this theme explained the state of the conflict […]

    Cotton: China’s Potential Tariffs and U.S. Exports – Lessons from History Jul 18, 2018

    🕔Jul 18, 2018
    Editor’s Note: This article is from Choices Magazine and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association U.S. and China Trade Actions In 2017, the United States imported approximately $506 billion in products […]

    Trade Policy: 25% Chinese Tariff – Lose-Lose Proposition for Both Countries Jun 20, 2018

    🕔Jun 20, 2018
    Trade conflicts between the United States and China have escalated recently. The Chinese government has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on 128 U.S. products in response to a U.S. […]

    Farm Debt: How Sensitive Is the Farm Sector to Rising Interest Rates? Mar 12, 2018

    🕔Mar 12, 2018
    This article was originally run in CHOICES Magazine and can be found at the Source Link below the article. Recent farm sector trends, including rising debt and declining income, have […]

    Will Rising Interest Rates Lead to Intensifying Risks for Agriculture? Mar 9, 2018

    🕔Mar 9, 2018
    To encourage economic recovery, the Federal Reserve responded to the Great Recession by slashing interest rates and engaging in monetary easing. Short-term interest rates were pulled down and held near […]

    Water Conservation: USDA Efforts Reflect Regional Differences Dec 29, 2017

    🕔Dec 29, 2017
    Irrigated agriculture in the United States comes in many forms: Nebraska’s center-pivot-sprinkler-irrigated corn and soybean, California’s drip-irrigated orchards, Arkansas’s flood-irrigated rice, Florida’s furrow-irrigated sugarcane, Massachusetts’ cranberry bogs, and Montana’s movable-sprinkler-irrigated […]

    Water Irrigation and Conservation vs. Politics and Economics Dec 26, 2017

    🕔Dec 26, 2017
    A growing population and rising incomes have challenged agricultural supply and led to drastic increases in irrigated agriculture. Globally, irrigated acreage increased by 76% between 1970 and 2012. Irrigated agriculture […]

    U.S. Commodity Markets Respond to Changes in China’s Ag Policies Jun 14, 2017

    🕔Jun 14, 2017
    International trade deficits have recently been reputed as “bad” for the economy; however, agriculture has posted a trade surplus since 1959. For U.S. agriculture, trade represents 20% of farmers’ income […]

    New Ag Pest Control Could Eliminate Specific Pest Populations – Good Thing? May 24, 2017

    🕔May 24, 2017
    New Biotechnology for Agricultural Pest Control Gene drives are a class of biotechnologies with the potential to transform pest control in U.S. and global agriculture over the next decade. Other […]


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