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 […]

Corn Market: Price Floor? There Is No Price Floor. – Commentary Sep 1, 2020

🕔Sep 1, 2020
In last week’s column we examined the assertion that corn prices moved from the $1.00 per bushel price plateau in the 1947-1972 period to a $2.00 price plateau in the […]

Seasonal Corn Prices That Start With “2” – The New Trend? – Commentary Aug 25, 2020

🕔Aug 25, 2020
The August “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” was released on August 12 and contained a grim forecast for corn farmers and thus most producers of storable agricultural commodities in […]

Are Export-Oriented Farm Policies Part Of The Problem? – Commentary Aug 18, 2020

🕔Aug 18, 2020
The difference between us and many other agricultural economists is that over the years we have developed our agricultural policy proposals based on the economic characteristics of aggregate crop agriculture: […]

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 […]

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