Recovering U.S. Share of World Crop Exports Is Ag Policy’s Zombie Idea – Opinion Aug 12, 2020

🕔Aug 12, 2020
In a recent farmdocsdaily article, “The US Safety Net, Crop Profitability, and a Floor on Cost of Production” by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Michael Langmeier, the authors pose the […]

Feeding The Hungry During The Pandemic — Twists And Turns Ahead Aug 4, 2020

🕔Aug 4, 2020
One of the side-effects of the COVID-19 crisis has been to highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known by its former name: Food Stamps, even […]

Policy Pennings: Supply Management Won’t Reverse Export Trends Jul 28, 2020

🕔Jul 28, 2020
Though the 2018 Farm Bill has been in effect for just a year and a half, the ability of that legislation to address the current challenges facing agriculture (China’s response […]

With COVID-19 We All Really Are “In the Same Boat” Jul 9, 2020

🕔Jul 9, 2020
In late June 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration issued Interim Guidance […]

Farm Groups Have a Change of Heart About Climate Change – Commentary Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
Farmers are often frustrated with the attitudes of urban dwellers who by their words or actions indicate that they really do not understand the issues that the rural/agricultural community faces […]

Meat Packing Concentration – Advantages and Disadvantages May 28, 2020

🕔May 28, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

COVID-19 Created Disconnect Between Where Food Is Produced, Where It’s Needed May 21, 2020

🕔May 21, 2020
As perfect storm is currently hitting agriculture. An extended period of low farm product prices, Reduced need for corn-based ethanol due to reduced driving in response to sheltering in place, […]

Coronavirus: Meat-Packer Concentration — The Weak Link In Livestock Industry Apr 29, 2020

🕔Apr 29, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

Agriculture Faces Financial Pounding from Multiple Sources Apr 3, 2020

🕔Apr 3, 2020
With the appearance of COVID-19 earlier this winter, we believe that US agriculture has found itself in a multi-crisis situation. We are facing the development of a farm financial crisis, […]

Are the “High” Crop-Price Years of the Last Decade the New Norm? Mar 17, 2020

🕔Mar 17, 2020
The number one issue facing row crop farmers for the past 4 or 5 years has been price and, with it, net farm income. Since the 2005 crop marketing year, […]

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