Federal Payments Showed The Safety Net Favors Soybeans Sep 17, 2020

🕔Sep 17, 2020
This article examines the distribution by commodity of the $33 billion in payments by the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) announced in 2018 (MFP 2018), MFP announced in 2019, and Coronavirus […]

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 […]

USDA – Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields by Sept. 30 Sep 8, 2020

🕔Sep 8, 2020
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline […]

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 […]

Payment Limitations: New Regs For An Old Problem – Gaming The System Aug 31, 2020

🕔Aug 31, 2020
On Monday, August 24, 2020, USDA implemented changes to the payment limitation and eligibility rules for federal farm payments enacted by Congress in the 2018 farm bill (Abbott August 24, 2020; […]

The PIK Program…It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time Jul 31, 2020

🕔Jul 31, 2020
In reviewing set aside acreage policy, previous articles focused on world crop markets and, in particular, the issues concerning effectiveness of the policy for corn and soybeans.  This article adds […]

Will Recent Payments Outside The Farm Bill Boost The Safety Net? Jul 30, 2020

🕔Jul 30, 2020
Since 1973, US farm program payments follow a process of moving from one regime or plateau to another, with the move occurring in a one to two year period.  Two […]

Soybeans and PLC: A Need for Better Equity Among Program Crops Jul 9, 2020

🕔Jul 9, 2020
This article examines the reference price for soybeans.  It is sparked in part by soybeans being only one of only 5 covered commodities that received no payment from the Price […]

Govt. Programs Increasingly Important Part of Farm Income Jun 15, 2020

🕔Jun 15, 2020
DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported last week that, “The American Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday sent a detailed list of recommendations to Congress to help farmers, stating that even though lawmakers had provided […]

ARC, PLC – June 30 Last Day for 2020 Enrollment Jun 11, 2020

🕔Jun 11, 2020
Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections […]

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