2008 Farm Bill’s ‘Shiny Thing’ Was a Bust, but Ethanol Saved the Day… Sort Of Aug 31, 2017

🕔Aug 31, 2017
In the last two columns, we talked about shiny new agricultural commodity policies that various individuals and groups develop with the goal of supporting farmers during periods of low prices […]

Farmland Values: Did Direct Payments Cause Inflation? May 22, 2015

🕔May 22, 2015
Direct payments were a key fixture of US farm policy and America’s farm financial safety net from 1996 to 2013. Unlike prior price support programs, direct payments were considered “decoupled” […]

Ag Banker Expects Negative Cashflow; Rumors: Budget Hawks Keep Eyeing Crop Insurance – Keith Good Mar 17, 2015

🕔Mar 17, 2015
Former House Ag Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) indicated in a column yesterday at The Hill Online that, “One banker from a farming state that made better yields than most in 2014 paints a bleak […]

Farm Policy: Years of Solutions Resulting in New Problems – Commentary Mar 13, 2015

🕔Mar 13, 2015
Farm Bill Beginnings Beginning with the 1985 Farm Bill and coming to fruition in the 1996 Farm Bill, policy makers have sought to move away from inventory management policies that […]

Farm Bill, 2014 – An Economic Welfare Disaster or Triumph? Oct 3, 2014

🕔Oct 3, 2014
Consider a deal where, for about 200,000 farmers, every dollar they can pay to the government in crop insurance premiums will give them an expected return of $1.90 as J.W. […]

Keith Good: EPA Rejects Milo-Pro Herbicide for Use in Texas Cotton Jul 23, 2014

🕔Jul 23, 2014
Regulations Jacob Bunge reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Federal regulators denied Texas farmers’ push to use a powerful herbicide against invasive ‘super weeds’ threatening to strangle cotton […]

Crop Insurance: State Distribution of Direct vs. Net Payments – 2004-13 Apr 10, 2014

🕔Apr 10, 2014
Overview The 2014 farm bill replaced direct payments with risk management programs. Moreover, a key farm safety net policy and political factor is the distribution of program payments by state. […]

Keith Good: Major Changes for Farmers, Bankers Coming in 2015 Feb 20, 2014

🕔Feb 20, 2014
Farm Bill Issues Reuters writer Christine Stebbins reported yesterday that, “U.S. farmers and bankers have almost a year to get ready for major changes in 2015 as crop insurance rather than direct cash payments to producers becomes the […]

Examining Elements of Farm Bill Commodities Title Feb 14, 2014

🕔Feb 14, 2014
The Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) is divided into 12 titles covering commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance, and miscellaneous. In […]

New Farm Bill Finally Passed Feb 4, 2014

🕔Feb 4, 2014
After clearing a key procedural vote on Monday, the Senate passed the final version of the farm bill Tuesday afternoon in a 68-32 vote, sending the legislation to President Barack […]

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