Debt Limit: A Saga of Self-Inflicted Trouble

🕔Jul 22, 2019The warning sirens have sounded once again; the full faith and credit of the United States government is at risk of a default unless Congress raises the debt limit  This […]

2018 Farm Bill Debate: Reviewing CBO Baseline, Including Commodities

🕔Apr 13, 2018On April 9, 2018, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated and revised baseline for the major programs in the farm bill. If Congress reauthorizes the farm bill programs […]

Farm Bill Preview – Budget Discipline and Farm Policy

🕔Apr 2, 2018Poised at the starting line for the legislative process, the House Ag Committee has been delayed by partisan disagreement over controversial changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP […]

Farm Bill: Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

🕔Nov 24, 2017A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised concerns about the potential impact the Congressional tax bills could have on farm programs and the farm bill. In […]

Crop Insurance: Two Senators Target Cuts to Save $21.1Bln – DTN

🕔Nov 13, 2017Corn and soybean farmers saw no benefit this fall from adding the harvest price option to their crop insurance plan, but that wasn’t enough to stop a pair of senators […]

2014 Farm Bill is Spending Far Less than Originally Expected

🕔Jul 18, 2017On June 29, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated estimates for the mandatory programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014, known as the baseline (see, USDA Mandatory […]

Farm Policy: Farm Bill – Ag Spending and Budgetary Issues

🕔Jul 14, 2017Today’s update looks at recent spending and budgetary issues impacting agriculture and the Farm Bill.  The House Appropriations Committee this week passed the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for USDA.   […]

Farm Bill: Budget Issues – What Can We Expect?

🕔Mar 3, 2017With hearings underway in the House and Senate Ag Committee, the process for writing the next farm bill is taking its initial steps. Echoes of the difficult process for the […]

Crop Insurance: Most Corn Farmers Opting for PLC – DTN

🕔Jan 27, 2015Corn farmers may not be looking as closely at the potential government payment for corn this year as some observers might think. Despite estimates of $70-per-acre payments for corn farmers […]

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