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 […]

Cellulosic Biofuel Crops: CRP Land Could Potentially Feed the Industry – DTN

🕔Jan 18, 2018A study published this week contributes more details than previous reports on biomass crops most suited to bioenergy feedstock use and what long-term factors may affect their growth. A new […]

Farm Policy Review and Outlook for the 2018 Farm Bill

🕔Jan 5, 2018This is a presentation summary from the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 18-22, 2017. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries […]

Conservation Reserve Program Suspends Land Enrollment – DTN

🕔Oct 11, 2017The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency announced Monday it will suspend accepting most new offers to enroll land in the Conservation Reserve Program until later in the 2018 fiscal year. […]

Farm Bill: Senate Hearings – Trade, and Conservation Reserve Program Examined

🕔Oct 6, 2017On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider three nominees for key trade positions, while the Senate Ag Committee questioned two nominees for Undersecretary posts at the […]

Drought: Dakotas in Crisis – Frustration with USDA Lack of Funds – DTN

🕔Jul 24, 2017Scattered thundershowers across North Dakota on Wednesday brought a slight respite to the region’s drought, but farmers and ranchers say some crops are already lost and it would take months […]

Drought: Northern Plains – More Land Available for Emergency Haying and Grazing

🕔Jul 20, 2017Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorizing the use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency grazing and haying in and […]

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 […]

Senate Ag Committee Questions Rental Rates for Conservation Reserve Program

🕔Jul 3, 2017On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a Farm Bill hearing that focused on conservation and forestry issues.  This follows previous Farm Bill field hearings in both Kansas and Michigan, […]

South Dakota: Managing New CRP Ground for Weeds

🕔Jun 23, 2017As plans are made to enroll new land into CRP, several things need to be considered to insure a good experience for all parties involved. One question to ask yourself […]



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