Farm Income Support: Between a Rock and Hard Place – Commentary Dec 4, 2019

🕔Dec 4, 2019When talking about the seriousness of the downturn in the farm economy since the 2013 peak, most analysts use the USDA’s calculation of net farm income (NFI) (here) as the […]

What Farmers Need – Commentary Nov 27, 2019

🕔Nov 27, 2019With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis. It wasn’t […]

What Ag Economic Analysis Often Misses – Commentary Nov 20, 2019

🕔Nov 20, 2019Even ignoring the impact of the current trade dispute with China, we are now in the 7th year of generally declining crop prices. In addition, significant trade adjustment payments and […]

Climate-Smart Ag May Help Farm Profits – Commentary Nov 12, 2019

🕔Nov 12, 2019The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing titled, “Solving the Climate Crisis: Opportunities in Agriculture,” on October 30, 2019 (here). In her opening statement, Committee Chair […]

Farm Bill Design: Unintended Consequences – Commentary Oct 23, 2019

🕔Oct 23, 2019As farm policy has moved away from its roots in the Great Depression, we have observed what policy elements have worked well and which ones have created problems. As farm […]

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 […]

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