ARC, PLC Enrollment Begins for 2021 Oct 14, 2020

🕔Oct 14, 2020
Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period opened Tuesday, […]

Reminder: Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields by Sept. 30 Sep 25, 2020

🕔Sep 25, 2020
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners of the September 30 deadline to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. This is a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Corn, Soybeans: Is the Farm Safety Net Up to the Challenge of COVID-19? May 7, 2020

🕔May 7, 2020
A key input into estimates of economic damage resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the role of payments by current farm safety net programs.  This article illustrates their importance using […]

ARC-CO – Program Changes in the 2018 Farm Bill Sep 18, 2019

🕔Sep 18, 2019
Farmers and landowners can now make the decision between farm programs, receiving commodity title payments from either Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) […]

ARC, PLC Payment Calculator Available for Updated Programs Aug 21, 2019

🕔Aug 21, 2019
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made revisions to the basic farm payment programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  With this article, […]

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