Ag Policy: Warren’s Supply Management Program – Commentary Aug 28, 2019

🕔Aug 28, 2019For the first time since at least 1980, we have presidential candidates who have designed their proposed agricultural policies based on the economic characteristics of the crop sector: the low […]

Farm Bill – Senate Draft Might Just Pass – Improvements, Fixes are Part of Package Jun 13, 2018

🕔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, 2017

🕔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, 2016

🕔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, 2016

🕔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, 2015

🕔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, 2015

🕔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, 2015

🕔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, 2015

🕔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, 2015

🕔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. […]

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