Are the “High” Crop-Price Years of the Last Decade the New Norm? Mar 17, 2020

🕔Mar 17, 2020
The number one issue facing row crop farmers for the past 4 or 5 years has been price and, with it, net farm income. Since the 2005 crop marketing year, […]

Rural Folks, City Folks, And Differing Attitudes About Conservation, Environment Feb 25, 2020

🕔Feb 25, 2020
As we were growing up, Soil Stewardship Sunday was a regular part of the church calendar, landing on the last Sunday of April as farmers were in the midst of […]

USDA’s Climate Change Stance Ignores Sustainable Ag’s Positive Potential – Commentary Feb 18, 2020

🕔Feb 18, 2020
USDA recently announced that “Sustainable Ag Intensification” and “Ag Climate Adaption” were included in a 5-year blueprint. That interested us. The announcement came from Scott Hutchins, Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary […]

Ag Subsidies Pale In Comparison To What Fossil-Fuel Industry Receives – Commentary Feb 12, 2020

🕔Feb 12, 2020
We were recently struck by a paper that was referenced in a recent column by Nobel Prize Economist Paul Krugman (here) that discussed the subsidies that we directly and indirectly […]

Reconnecting The Farmer To The Food – Commentary Feb 4, 2020

🕔Feb 4, 2020
The adage that “the customer is always right” has never been truer than it is today, especially with regard to food and agriculture. We grew up in an era when […]

Trade Agreement: Yet Another Excuse To Overplant? Jan 24, 2020

🕔Jan 24, 2020
Three centuries of agricultural exports: When they’re hot, they’re hot and when they’re not, they’re not As we look at the Phase 1 trade agreement between the U.S. and China […]

Crisis? Looking Like the ’80s But Supply Management Off the Table Jan 15, 2020

🕔Jan 15, 2020
In this post-holiday season and with apologies to Perry Como and the Fontaine Sisters who sang the Christmas standard “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” we’d like to […]

Boom Times Never Last – 3 Prime Examples Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
In writing column 1004, which focused on changes in state-level net farm income, we noticed that the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA/ERS) had extended […]

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

🕔Dec 4, 2019
When 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, 2019
With 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 […]

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