Farm Bill Stalemate: Conservation Concerns

🕔Oct 18, 2018The conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation is part of the […]

Tariff Conflict and Other Factors Affecting Farm Production Values

🕔Oct 17, 2018This article takes a step back from the headline of tariffs and agriculture to address a broader question, “How have estimates of the value of production changed since advent of […]

Corn, Soy, Wheat: ARC-CO Payments for 2017, Outlook for 2018

🕔Oct 17, 2018The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has released 2017 county yields, 2017 Market Year Average (MYA) prices have been determined, and FSA is in the process of making 2017 ARC-CO payments. […]

Illinois Corn, Soy: Reviewing Prices and Market Facilitation Payments

🕔Oct 12, 2018As the trade conflict with China continues, prices for many agricultural commodities remain relatively low. Illinois corn and soybean prices dipped to new lows in September, coinciding with the latest […]

Farm Bill: PLC Yield Updating for Exceptional Drought Counties – Commentary

🕔Oct 3, 2018General updating of program yields is not allowed in current House or Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill.  However, the House version does allow for program yield updating in […]

The Farm Bill Stalemate – Commodity Assistance

🕔Sep 28, 2018The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) is scheduled to expire with the 2018 crop, fiscal and calendar years depending on the particular provision.  The earliest of these […]

Soybean Market: How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Trade Long-Term?

🕔Sep 27, 2018The economic conflict with China is set to escalate as new US tariffs on as much as $200 billion of Chinese goods go into effect this week.  President Trump reportedly […]

Ag Trade: Where Do Things Stand with Our Trade Partners?

🕔Aug 30, 2018The last month has produced a lot of news on the trade front, much of which has implications for US farmers and their markets.  All of the largest and most […]

Trade Aid for Farmers: Dollars and “Sense” – USDA Market Facilitation Program

🕔Aug 29, 2018USDA released details on aid it will provide to farmers in response to trade disputes, resulting in tariffs instituted by the U.S. and retaliatory tariffs from trading partners, especially China. […]

Cover Crops: Cereal Rye – Weighing the Costs vs. Benefits

🕔Aug 15, 2018Many farmers begin experimenting with cover crops by planting cereal rye into corn stalks with the following crop being soybeans (see NREC Guide for more detail).  This article discusses some of the […]

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