Ag Commodities: High Prices Cure High Prices – Commentary Mar 22, 2021

🕔Mar 22, 2021
In the past, when we have advocated for supply management programs, others have disagreed with our analysis by making the argument that “low prices cure low prices.” By that they […]

Corn Exports Over the Last 6 Decades – Promise Vs Performance – Commentary Mar 22, 2021

🕔Mar 22, 2021
The continuous growth in crop exports has long been the great hope that would sustain unending prosperity for US farmers. In some ways, ever increasing exports might be seen as […]

Soybeans: U.S. Production Growth Unable to Match Brazil – Commentary Mar 22, 2021

🕔Mar 22, 2021
In our last column (here), we began this series of articles designed to provide insight into the question of whether or not a US agricultural policy focused on exports has […]

Arguments for Raising Minimum Wage, Commodity Loan Rates Greatly Overlap – Commentary Mar 3, 2021

🕔Mar 3, 2021
One of the more contentious elements of the Biden $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan, besides its sheer size, is raising the minimum wage for all covered, nonexempt workers from its […]

Tom Vilsack Nominee to Return as Secretary of Agriculture – Commentary Jan 12, 2021

🕔Jan 12, 2021
The incoming Biden administration has announced that it will nominate Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture, a role he held for the 8 years of the Obama Administration. This announcement […]

Future Pandemics – Human and Livestock – Require Highly-Funded, Long-Term Research – Commnetary Dec 21, 2020

🕔Dec 21, 2020
The approval of an Emergency Use Authorization of a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease called COVID-19, is an important step in bringing the pandemic under control. […]

Jump in Farm Income Driven Unsustainable Govt. Payments – Commentary Dec 15, 2020

🕔Dec 15, 2020
The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS) recently (December 2, 2020) released their final farm income forecast which includes a forecast of 2020 net farm income (here). […]

Ag’s Role In Climate Change: Small Steps Taken Nov 25, 2020

🕔Nov 25, 2020
We recently wrote a couple of columns identifying issues that we believe Congress should consider, such as antitrust legislation that addresses the concentration farmers face on both the input and […]

Ag Policy And Wealth – Who’s Calling The Shots? – Opinion Nov 1, 2020

🕔Nov 1, 2020
As agricultural policy analysts with backgrounds in economics, agricultural economics, and political economy, we spend most of our time thinking about crops, crop prices, net farm income, and the economic […]

Commodity Reserves – How About Taking A Multi-Nation Approach? Oct 20, 2020

🕔Oct 20, 2020
This last week, we were contacted by a European colleague who wanted to talk about agricultural policy and the need for reserve stocks that would protect the world’s most vulnerable […]

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