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, […]

Corn, Soy, Wheat: Estimated 2018 ARC-CO Payments Apr 3, 2019

🕔Apr 3, 2019
The 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, 2019

🕔Mar 29, 2019
The 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 Programs: How Would High Prices Affect the PLC Elevator Provision? Mar 18, 2019

🕔Mar 18, 2019
As discussed previously, the 2018 Farm Bill’s inclusion of an escalator provision for PLC alters that program and would likely have increased PLC payments if it had been in operation […]

Farm Programs: Supplemental Coverage Option – Is It Right for You? – Videos Mar 13, 2019

🕔Mar 13, 2019
Supplemental 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 […]

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