Farm Income: The Wolf is at the Door – Commentary

🕔Apr 12, 2019We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While […]

Trump Budget Proposal Shows Lack of Concern for Farm Economy – Commentary

🕔Mar 26, 2019The 2020 Fiscal Year Budget that President Trump sent to Congress on March 11, 2019 cut spending for the USDA by 15 percent. While this proposed budget may be dead […]

Farming – 4 Innovations that Revolutionized 20th Century Agriculture – Commentary

🕔Feb 27, 2019Over a little more than a century, technological innovations have significantly changed agricultural practices and increased the yield per unit of ground and the level of production per unit of […]

Corn Prices Shaped by Federal Policy and World Wars – Commentary

🕔Feb 14, 2019One of the issues that intrigues us as agricultural policy analysts is the factors that influence crop prices over long periods of time. Recently we decided to seriously examine corn […]

Farm Economy: 2 Events Had Long Term Impact on Corn Prices – Commentary

🕔Feb 7, 2019With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the rearview mirror, it’s an appropriate time to look at farm bills and other factors that have an impact on the […]

WOTUS Controversy: What’s That About? – Commentary

🕔Jan 30, 2019Government regulations! They are the bane of our existence when they limit an action we want to take, require us to fill out paperwork, or make something that we want […]

U.S. Government Shutdown – Congress, President Need to Feel this Pain – Commentary

🕔Jan 23, 2019As we write this column, the US is going into the 23rd day of the partial shutdown of the federal government. When we discussed the shutdown in the previous column, […]

What’s Impacting Farmers now and later? 3 Items – Commentary

🕔Jan 15, 2019In this column we will discuss items that will have an impact of farmers, either in the short-run or the long-run: Sen. Pat Roberts retiring Government shutdown impact Elements of […]

Ag Research: Questionable Changes in Land-Grant University Funding

🕔Dec 27, 2018While funding for agricultural commodity programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program captured most of the attention during the development of and wrangling over the budget for the farm bill, […]

ARC Farm Program Failed in 2017, State-by-State Examination – Commentary

🕔Dec 27, 2018A couple of weeks ago, a reader from Iowa wrote us, “I stopped into the Farm Service Agency office today…to see if there would be any farm subsidies this year, […]

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