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 […]

Farm Programs Built On Export Expectations — A Sinking Foundation? – Opinion Oct 15, 2020

🕔Oct 15, 2020
In recent columns we have made our thoughts about exports clear when it comes to crop agriculture. We have shown the numbers that make it obvious that no matter what […]

USA’s Export Competitors Have Significantly Upped Their Game – Commentary Oct 1, 2020

🕔Oct 1, 2020
On August 7, 2020 we wrote a column challenging the Zombie idea that by lowering the price of US commodities, the nation’s farmers would be able to recapture the share […]

It’s Time To Reconnect Ag Support With Market Realities – Commentary Sep 15, 2020

🕔Sep 15, 2020
When we explain the concept of major-crop supply management that includes a loan rate that is marginally below the full cost of production, we are often met with one or […]

Welcome to the Age of Increased Ag Variability – Commentary Sep 8, 2020

🕔Sep 8, 2020
The warning signs are all around us. We have had a derecho in Iowa that flattened grain bins and fields of corn. Hurricane Laura came tearing in off the Gulf […]

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