U.S. Farmers Keep Planting, No Matter the Price – Commentary Oct 10, 2019

🕔Oct 10, 2019For as long as we can remember, we have made the point that farmers plant all their acres all the time. Recently, someone challenged us on that assertion using our […]

Weather-Based Price Premiums Will Be Limited Help – Commentary Jul 18, 2019

🕔Jul 18, 2019We want to examine some of the financial issues facing farmers in a year with widespread flooding, fields that won’t dry out, and prevented planting, all taking place in the […]

Cover Crops Make a Comeback with Increased Yields – Commentary Jul 3, 2019

🕔Jul 3, 2019Cover crops have been a part of U.S. farming since at least the 1930s. But the advent of synthetic nitrogen following WWII removed much of the incentive to use that […]

Why Ask Farmers to Gamble on Program Choices? – Commentary May 1, 2019

🕔May 1, 2019The 2018 Farm Bill provides farmers with the ability to switch between the Agricultural Risk Coverage program at the county level (ARC-CO) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. Initially […]

Farm Income: The Wolf is at the Door – Commentary Apr 12, 2019

🕔Apr 12, 2019We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While […]

Trump Budget Proposal Shows Lack of Concern for Farm Economy – Commentary Mar 26, 2019

🕔Mar 26, 2019The 2020 Fiscal Year Budget that President Trump sent to Congress on March 11, 2019 cut spending for the USDA by 15 percent. While this proposed budget may be dead […]

Farm Economy: 2 Events Had Long Term Impact on Corn Prices – Commentary Feb 7, 2019

🕔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 […]

U.S. Government Shutdown – Congress, President Need to Feel this Pain – Commentary Jan 23, 2019

🕔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, 2018

🕔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, 2018

🕔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 […]

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