Farm Bill Passed – What About Rural Health Care? – Commentary Dec 19, 2018

🕔Dec 19, 2018
Of 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, 2018

🕔Nov 30, 2018
While 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, 2018

🕔Nov 25, 2018
With 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, 2018

🕔Aug 16, 2018
When 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, 2018

🕔Aug 8, 2018
Stop 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 […]

Farm Business: Who You Gonna Call? Tough Times Make Hotlines a Life Saver – Commentary Mar 7, 2018

🕔Mar 7, 2018
Editor’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 […]

Farm Bill 2018: Give Price Support Programs Another Look – Commentary Nov 10, 2017

🕔Nov 10, 2017
The Texas Farmers Union contracted with the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center to develop a design for the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill based on supply management principles. Supply […]

2018 Farm Bill: What Shiny Object Will be a Distraction this Time? – Commentary Aug 16, 2017

🕔Aug 16, 2017
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched his “Back to Our Roots” farm bill tour at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 3, 2017. At the same time, members of Congress […]

Ag Policy: Revenue Insurance – What’s Wrong with it? – Commentary Dec 27, 2016

🕔Dec 27, 2016
In this last column in our months-long discussion of a set of farm policies that are designed to respond to the market failure that is a well-documented characteristic of crop […]

Ag Policy: Farmers’ Love-Hate Relationship with Regulations – Commentary Dec 22, 2016

🕔Dec 22, 2016
In the previous column, as a part of our broader analysis of farm program considerations, we identified 4 ways to deal with negative farm externalities related to the environment and discussed […]

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