Climate-Smart Ag May Help Farm Profits – Commentary Nov 12, 2019

🕔Nov 12, 2019The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing titled, “Solving the Climate Crisis: Opportunities in Agriculture,” on October 30, 2019 (here). In her opening statement, Committee Chair […]

Farm Bill Design: Unintended Consequences – Commentary Oct 23, 2019

🕔Oct 23, 2019As farm policy has moved away from its roots in the Great Depression, we have observed what policy elements have worked well and which ones have created problems. As farm […]

U.S. Farmers Keep Planting, No Matter the Price – Commentary Oct 10, 2019

🕔Oct 10, 2019For as long as we can remember, we have made the point that farmers plant all their acres all the time. Recently, someone challenged us on that assertion using our […]

Biden’s Plan to Revitalize Rural America – Commentary Sep 13, 2019

🕔Sep 13, 2019As part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the coming 2020 presidential campaign which will, in all likelihood, pit the winner against the incumbent Republican, Donald Trump, Joe […]

Farm Policy: Sanders’ Ag And Rural Proposals – A Snapshot Sep 4, 2019

🕔Sep 4, 2019In an era of low agricultural commodity prices plus the history of the Democratic Party and the approach to agricultural policy that it developed during the Great Depression, it should […]

Weather-Based Price Premiums Will Be Limited Help – Commentary Jul 18, 2019

🕔Jul 18, 2019We want to examine some of the financial issues facing farmers in a year with widespread flooding, fields that won’t dry out, and prevented planting, all taking place in the […]

Cover Crops Make a Comeback with Increased Yields – Commentary Jul 3, 2019

🕔Jul 3, 2019Cover crops have been a part of U.S. farming since at least the 1930s. But the advent of synthetic nitrogen following WWII removed much of the incentive to use that […]

2020 Political Rhetoric and 5 Years of Falling Crop Prices – Commentary May 15, 2019

🕔May 15, 2019Though the 2018 mid-term elections are still in the rearview mirror, the 2020 presidential election campaign is in full swing. President Trump is holding campaign-style rallies while more than 20 […]

Why Ask Farmers to Gamble on Program Choices? – Commentary May 1, 2019

🕔May 1, 2019The 2018 Farm Bill provides farmers with the ability to switch between the Agricultural Risk Coverage program at the county level (ARC-CO) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. Initially […]

Farm Income: The Wolf is at the Door – Commentary Apr 12, 2019

🕔Apr 12, 2019We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While […]

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