Trade Agreement: Yet Another Excuse To Overplant? Jan 24, 2020

🕔Jan 24, 2020
Three centuries of agricultural exports: When they’re hot, they’re hot and when they’re not, they’re not As we look at the Phase 1 trade agreement between the U.S. and China […]

Crisis? Looking Like the ’80s But Supply Management Off the Table Jan 15, 2020

🕔Jan 15, 2020
In this post-holiday season and with apologies to Perry Como and the Fontaine Sisters who sang the Christmas standard “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” we’d like to […]

Boom Times Never Last – 3 Prime Examples Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
In writing column 1004, which focused on changes in state-level net farm income, we noticed that the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA/ERS) had extended […]

Farm Income Support: Between a Rock and Hard Place – Commentary Dec 4, 2019

🕔Dec 4, 2019
When talking about the seriousness of the downturn in the farm economy since the 2013 peak, most analysts use the USDA’s calculation of net farm income (NFI) (here) as the […]

What Farmers Need – Commentary Nov 27, 2019

🕔Nov 27, 2019
With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis. It wasn’t […]

What Ag Economic Analysis Often Misses – Commentary Nov 20, 2019

🕔Nov 20, 2019
Even ignoring the impact of the current trade dispute with China, we are now in the 7th year of generally declining crop prices. In addition, significant trade adjustment payments and […]

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

🕔Nov 12, 2019
The 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, 2019
As 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, 2019
For 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, 2019
As 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 […]

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