Crop Insurance: Premium Subsidy and Insured U.S. Acres

🕔Mar 16, 2018Cost of Federal Crop Insurance is an on-going farm policy issue. President Trump proposed several changes to reduce its cost in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The changes include reducing […]

Illinois: Trends in Farm Balance Sheets Over Time

🕔Mar 15, 2018Trends in the financial position of Illinois farms are presented in this article. Overall, farms gained financial strength from 2006 to 2012. Since 2012, working capital has declined. The net […]

Biofuels: What Happened to Ethanol Profitability in 2017?

🕔Mar 15, 2018The ethanol industry has been much in the news in recent months with the ongoing political battle over the future of the RFS. It is easy to lose track of […]

Grain Markets: An Estimate of March 1 Corn Stocks

🕔Mar 12, 2018On March 29, the USDA releases the Quarterly Grain Stocks report. It delivers an estimate of corn stocks in storage as of March 1, 2018. This estimate provides the ability […]

Livestock: Prospects for Swine Finishing Costs in 2018

🕔Mar 12, 2018Hurt notes that a new threat to profit margins for swine producers is being driven by dry weather in Argentina pushing up feed costs, particularly those for soybean meal. Soybean meal […]

RFS Deal-Making: Follow the North Star

🕔Mar 9, 2018With a flurry of negotiations and political conflict, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) squeezed its way into the national news cycles of recent weeks (Kopperud, February 23, 2018; Renshaw, February […]

Farm Bill Review: Historic Fixed Price Policy and Costs of Production

🕔Mar 9, 2018This article continues the discussion regarding fixed-price commodity policies in farm bills by comparing early target prices and costs incurred by farmers to produce supported crops. The discussion in this […]

Illinois: Farm Income and Policy Simulator Offers Real-World Economics

🕔Mar 7, 2018With today’s article, the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program introduces a comprehensive tool for farm income, economics and policy analysis (farmdoc daily, January 27, 2017). The Gardner Farm Income and Policy Simulator […]

Farm Growth: 8 Business Models to Consider

🕔Mar 5, 2018There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today’s environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important […]

Grain Markets: A Positive Outlook for Corn

🕔Mar 5, 2018A strengthening trend in corn consumption, smaller corn acreage, and the developing production issues in South America signify a positive outlook for corn in 2018. The expectations for corn in […]

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