Farm Bill Negotiations: Tensions Persist

🕔Oct 9, 2018The current Farm Bill has expired and tensions among key members of the Conference Committee persist. Today’s update provides an overview of recent articles that highlight ongoing Farm Bill issues in greater […]

Farm Bill: Hard Line Republicans – Proposals Overly Generous to “Big” Farmers – DTN

🕔May 18, 2018Crop insurance and overall farm subsidies will face a challenge from one amendment on the House floor after proposed amendments to the bill were thinned out Wednesday evening.   The amendment […]

Commodity Loans, Setasides: Sorting Through the Options – Commentary

🕔Oct 26, 2017If the loan rates that we discussed in our previous columns are used to take storable agricultural commodities off the market and set a floor on crop prices, what happens […]

Trump Ag Nominee Questions Crop Insurance Constitutionality – DTN

🕔Jul 27, 2017In past interviews, Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture undersecretary for research, education and economics, has questioned the constitutionality of crop insurance. Those statements may endanger his nomination, […]

Crop Insurance: Trump Cuts Would Eliminate Harvest Price Option and Limit Farm Size

🕔Jun 14, 2017Editor’s Note: For Tables and Figures see the Source Link at the bottom of the article. The Administration’s budget would cut $58.7 billion from crop insurance or about $6 billion […]

Cash Rent Slide; Subsidy Questions; Catfish Regs Not All Good – Keith Good

🕔Mar 22, 2015Cash Rents Reflect Lower Farm Incomes Marcia Zarley Taylor reported on Friday at DTN that, “Some sky-high cash rents are coming back to earth. For the first time this century, Corn Belt […]

Keith Good: Crop Insurance; Monarch and Monsanto; Ag Economy; Immigration

🕔Feb 6, 2015Policy: Subsidies, Crop Insurance, Death Tax Earlier this week, Politico’s Jason Huffman and Bill Tomson sat down with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill.” A video replay of […]

Keith Good: EPA Moving Ahead with Plans to Finalize Clean Water Rule

🕔Dec 17, 2014Regulations Philip Brasher reported yesterday at Agri-Pulse Online that, “Despite stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, EPA is moving ahead with plans to finalize its proposed Clean Water Act rule by this spring, Administrator Gina […]

Keith Good: Tumbling Grain Prices May Prove Costly for Taxpayers

🕔Oct 21, 2014Policy Issues Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reported yesterday that, “U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for corn and soybeans. But all that productivity […]

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

🕔Oct 3, 2014Consider 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. […]

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