Coronavirus: Reviewing USDA Funding in the CARES Act Apr 3, 2020

🕔Apr 3, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the 3rd FY2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations Act.  At a reported appropriation of $2 trillion, the bill is […]

Corn, Soybeans: Old-Crop Cash Flow Considerations Under COVID-19 Apr 1, 2020

🕔Apr 1, 2020
Reductions in the sales value of unpriced grain likely will be the first place where grain farms feel the impacts of COVID-19 control measures. Overall, old-crop sales likely will be […]

Midwest Farm Income: How Has COVID-19 Impacted the 2020 Outlook? Mar 25, 2020

🕔Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 has reduced grain farm income outlook for 2020. Expected revenue from remaining old crop sales and projected revenue for 2020 are reduced. Somewhat mitigating these reductions are potentially higher […]

Midwest: Planting Decisions in the Face of COVID-19 Mar 18, 2020

🕔Mar 18, 2020
Trade conflicts, prevented and late planting, and policy innovations have presented a difficult decision-making environment to farmers over the past several years. The decisions for this spring are now drastically […]

Biofuels: Blending Law’s Purpose Is To “Err” Towards Industry’s Interests, Court Stresses Mar 13, 2020

🕔Mar 13, 2020
Since 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been generously granting exemptions to small refineries from the renewable fuels mandates on the transportation fuel industry established by Congress under the […]

Estimating 2019 ARC-CO Payments with Adjusted NASS Yields Feb 26, 2020

🕔Feb 26, 2020
Last week, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released county yield estimates which we are now using to estimate 2019 ARC-CO payments for corn and soybeans. Recognizing that NASS yield […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2019 ARC-CO Payment Estimates Based on NASS County Yields Feb 24, 2020

🕔Feb 24, 2020
The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released 2019 county yields for corn and soybeans on February 20, allowing for more reliable estimates of Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level […]

Multi-Farm ARC-IC Tool, Other Program Information Feb 19, 2020

🕔Feb 19, 2020
Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) will make payments in 2019 for farms that are entirely prevented plant or farms with low yields.  ARC-IC combines all Farm Service […]

Federal Budget: How Does Ag Spending Look for 2020? Feb 18, 2020

🕔Feb 18, 2020
It being February, the political focus turned momentarily back to matters of budget and deficit.  In late January, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated baseline estimates for federal […]

Farm Program Decision – An Alternative Look Feb 14, 2020

🕔Feb 14, 2020
This article analyzes if the history of 2014 farm bill payments can inform 2018 farm bill decisions between ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage – county) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage).  The […]

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