Farm Debt: How Sensitive Is the Farm Sector to Rising Interest Rates?

🕔Mar 12, 2018This 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, 2018To 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, 2017Irrigated 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, 2017A 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, 2017International 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, 2017New 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. These […]

Farming: Who’s Doing the Work? 70% of Farm Workers Are Immigrants

🕔Apr 28, 2017The Trump Administration has promised to make it more difficult for unauthorized foreigners to enter and work in the United States and for undocumented workers to access health care services. […]

Bio-Energy Crops: Why Aren’t They Popular? – 4 Reasons

🕔Nov 21, 2016Nearly a decade after enactment of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), the emergence of new biomass supplies for bioenergy and bioproduct end-uses remains scant, with little progress evident especially […]

Farm Industry Evolution: Mergers, Prices, Acquisitions – How Did We Get Here?

🕔Oct 28, 2016In the past few decades, agricultural input markets have evolved, and family-owned and other small businesses transformed into larger enterprises that integrated plant breeding, conditioning, production, marketing, and other functions. […]

Crop Insurance Perspective: What Needs to Be Added to the Farm Safety Net?

🕔Sep 29, 2016In 2013, Choices featured an article entitled, “Ten Considerations Regarding the Role of Crop Insurance in the Agricultural Safety Net” (Zacharias and Collins, 2013).  The “Ten Considerations” was “penned” during […]

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