Who Benefits from Agricultural Policy? – Commentary

🕔Sep 19, 2018If you asked, “Who benefits from agricultural policy?” we suspect that the first answer would be “farmers.” And, that would be partly correct. Farmers are directly affected by agricultural policy. […]

Emergency Payments for Farmers: Déjà vu All Over Again – Commentary

🕔Aug 16, 2018When we were planning to write a column using our six agricultural policy benchmarks  for evaluating emergency payments—distinct from ad-hoc disaster payments—we thought we would be confined to those adopted […]

China Tariffs: The Last Straw for Our Weak Ag Economy – Commentary

🕔Aug 8, 2018Stop the presses! We intended to use this column to continue our examination of the various commodity policies that have been enacted in recent years beginning with the 1996 Farm […]

Remember When ‘Freedom to Farm’ Became ‘Freedom to Fail’? – Commentary

🕔Aug 2, 2018Two weeks ago, we used this column to describe 6 preferences (Ag Policy: What are Our Guiding Principles? – Commentary) that we use in our analysis of various commodity policies that […]

Ag Policy: What Would Unfettered Free Markets Look Like? – Commentary

🕔Jul 27, 2018We begin this overview of recent US agricultural policies by looking at the driving rationale, apart from ever present budgetary constraints, behind many of the policy decisions made by Congress […]

Ag Policy: What are Our Guiding Principles? – Commentary

🕔Jul 18, 2018When we talk to agricultural economists and members of Congress about what expectations they have for agricultural policy, they usually express a preference for policy instruments that do not interfere […]

Farm Bill 2018: ARC Won’t Help Farmers if No Supply-Demand Change – Commentary

🕔Jun 29, 2018Over the last year US lawmakers have been saying that the 2018 Farm Bill would, at most, involve incremental change from the 2014 Farm Bill. While the House version contained […]

Farm Bill and SNAP: Reality of Cutting $126 Monthly Payment – Commentary

🕔Jun 5, 2018Nothing has caused more problems for the House of Representatives’ 2018 Farm Bill than the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—the successor program to food stamps). There […]

Soybeans and U.S. Policy: A Game of Whack-a-Mole – Commentary

🕔May 24, 2018What impact will the US imposition of tariffs on Chinese products have on US agricultural exports? When we were kids, a question like that was called a $64,000 question, named […]

Ag Policy: Been There Done That – Freedom to Farm – Commentary

🕔May 17, 2018This last week we were asked by a legal reporter to comment on a recent Tax and Budget Bulletin titled, “Reforming federal farm policies” (here) that was issued April 12, […]

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