Farm Bill – Senate Draft Might Just Pass – Improvements, Fixes are Part of Package

🕔Jun 13, 2018Release of the Senate Ag Committee draft Senate Ag Committee (2018 Farm Bill; Brasher, June 8, 2018)  represents more than different program and policy details but completely different legislating, political and […]

The Market, 2017: Winners and Losers – DTN

🕔Dec 13, 2017Ready or not, 2017 is just a few weeks away from flipping the calendar. I always find it interesting to step back and take a look at the winners and […]

Farm Programs: Making the Case for Mandatory Reduced Acreage – Commentary

🕔Dec 7, 2016One of the key elements of a supply management program is the ability to reduce production when the reserve supply of storable agricultural commodities–commodities that the government has taken off […]

USDA Loans Available for Portable Storage and Equipment

🕔Apr 29, 2016USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer […]

Illinois: Crop and Income Outlook

🕔Dec 23, 2015Net incomes on Illinois farms have decreased form an all-time high near $290,000 in 2012. In 2014, net income for Illinois grain farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management […]

Rule Seeks to Prevent Market Disruptions from Automated Trading – DTN

🕔Nov 24, 2015The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is proposing a new rule to bring firms that specialize in algorithmic trading, which are responsible for an estimated 35% of futures trade, under its […]

Trade: How Technology Changed Future Markets

🕔Nov 2, 2015During this month of October, we have read in the news several articles about trading in futures markets related to recent practices that are becoming increasingly prevalent. A US presidential […]

Grain Price Time Machine: Market Feels a Lot Like 2001 – DTN

🕔Oct 6, 2015It is no secret that grain prices have not done well in 2015, but neither have most other commodities. A quick survey shows corn, wheat, and gold near their lowest […]

Mississippi Peanuts: Nothing Spectacular Expected Due to Lack of Rain

🕔Sep 11, 2015Mississippi farmers planted more peanuts in response to economic factors that made the crop an attractive choice this year, but a lack of rain now has them expecting average yields. […]

Illinois: University Seeks Volunteers for Commodity Program Survey

🕔Aug 26, 2015The 2014 Farm Bill provided commodity program choices for farmers and land owners. Farmers could elect to participate in either Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage, County (ARC-CO) […]

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