Farm Bill Includes Legalizing Industrial Hemp and SNAP Changes – Commentary

🕔Nov 25, 2018With 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, 2018When 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, 2018Stop 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, 2018Editor’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, 2017The 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, 2017Secretary 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, 2016In 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, 2016In 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 […]

Ag Politics: Why Trump Needs a Strong Ag Secretary – Commentary

🕔Dec 7, 2016Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack dished out strong medicine to fellow Democrats in the wake of the 2016 election: Stop writing off rural America. This advice came after President-elect Donald […]

Drone Flying and Grain Marketing: 5 Rules for the Risky – DTN

🕔Nov 23, 2016Well, folks, I’m back in the drone-owning community! Many readers will remember that I lost my first little unmanned aerial system (UAS) in an ocean of prairie grass when a […]

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