Midwest Corn: Everything You Need to Know About Prevented Planting

🕔May 15, 2019Continued wet weather and saturated soils over much of the Midwest suggests that many farmers will be facing decisions on whether to take prevented planting.  Prevented planting is available for […]

2020 Political Rhetoric and 5 Years of Falling Crop Prices – Commentary

🕔May 15, 2019Though the 2018 mid-term elections are still in the rearview mirror, the 2020 presidential election campaign is in full swing. President Trump is holding campaign-style rallies while more than 20 […]

2018 Farm Bill: What’s Happening? USDA Updates the Timeline

🕔Apr 12, 2019U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 and the […]

Conservation Stewardship Program: May 10 Deadline Plus 3 Improvements

🕔Apr 8, 2019The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this year is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 […]

Corn, Soy, Wheat: Estimated 2018 ARC-CO Payments

🕔Apr 3, 2019The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released county yields for 2018 (released March 21 on NASS’s Quick Stats website).  With these NASS yields, fairly accurate estimates of 2018 Agricultural Risk Coverage at […]

2019-2020 Farm Program: Decision, Fairness on Covered Commodities

🕔Mar 29, 2019The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 authorizes a program decision for the 2019 and 2020 crops of a covered commodity.  This article provides an early overview of the decision-making framework […]

Farm Bill PLC Yield Update: Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, and Upland Cotton by State

🕔Mar 26, 2019This is the 4th article in a series examining the 2018 farm bill PLC (Price Loss Coverage) yield update option.  A 2/20/2019 article found that, of 21 program commodities, only corn, […]

Farm Programs: Supplemental Coverage Option – Is It Right for You? – Videos

🕔Mar 13, 2019Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) was created after the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Before 2019, most farmers in the Midwest could not use SCO because SCO is only available […]

President’s Ag Budget Proposal Causes Some Hand-Wringing – DTN

🕔Mar 13, 2019Despite some lobbying last month by the crop-insurance industry, the Trump administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 again calls for reducing crop-insurance premiums, lowering income eligibility and reducing crop-insurance […]

Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update

🕔Mar 12, 2019USDA announced last July that it would act to assist farmers damaged by tariffs and reduced exports. In September, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was initiated and the signup began. […]

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