U.S. Farmers Keep Planting, No Matter the Price – Commentary Oct 10, 2019

🕔Oct 10, 2019For as long as we can remember, we have made the point that farmers plant all their acres all the time. Recently, someone challenged us on that assertion using our […]

Market Policies Should Relate to Real Life Agriculture – Commentary Oct 4, 2019

🕔Oct 4, 2019As part of our work in polishing up the APAC/TFU (Agricultural Policy Analysis Center/Texas Farmers Union) supply management proposal, we have been reexamining the history of farm-related federal legislation over […]

Trade Aid – Could We Have Done Better? – Commentary Sep 24, 2019

🕔Sep 24, 2019Recently President Trump announced a second round of trade mitigation payments bringing the 2-year total to $28 billion. In response to that announcement we have been asked, “Could we have […]

Ag Shopping List for Presidential Hopefuls – Commentary Sep 18, 2019

🕔Sep 18, 2019Over the last three weeks, we examined the agricultural and rural policies set forth by the 3 leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. Of the three, Warren […]

Biden’s Plan to Revitalize Rural America – Commentary Sep 13, 2019

🕔Sep 13, 2019As part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the coming 2020 presidential campaign which will, in all likelihood, pit the winner against the incumbent Republican, Donald Trump, Joe […]

Farm Policy: Sanders’ Ag And Rural Proposals – A Snapshot Sep 4, 2019

🕔Sep 4, 2019In an era of low agricultural commodity prices plus the history of the Democratic Party and the approach to agricultural policy that it developed during the Great Depression, it should […]

Weather-Based Price Premiums Will Be Limited Help – Commentary Jul 18, 2019

🕔Jul 18, 2019We want to examine some of the financial issues facing farmers in a year with widespread flooding, fields that won’t dry out, and prevented planting, all taking place in the […]

Cover Crops Make a Comeback with Increased Yields – Commentary Jul 3, 2019

🕔Jul 3, 2019Cover crops have been a part of U.S. farming since at least the 1930s. But the advent of synthetic nitrogen following WWII removed much of the incentive to use that […]

2019: The Year of the U.S. Farmer’s Perfect Storm – Commentary Jun 19, 2019

🕔Jun 19, 2019For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall in generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would […]

2020 Political Rhetoric and 5 Years of Falling Crop Prices – Commentary May 15, 2019

🕔May 15, 2019Though the 2018 mid-term elections are still in the rearview mirror, the 2020 presidential election campaign is in full swing. President Trump is holding campaign-style rallies while more than 20 […]

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