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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Farm Bill: Conference Negotiations Begin

🕔Aug 10, 2018Congress has completed the procedural steps necessary to begin conference negotiations on the two 2018 farm bills produced by the House and Senate.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office has updated […]

Free Trade: Why Has the U.S. Reversed Long-Standing Positions?

🕔Aug 3, 2018An overlooked question in the debate over President Trump’s trade policy is “Why has the U.S. reversed long-standing positions on free trade?” It is important to ponder this question, especially […]

Farm Bill: Alternatives for ARC-CO and PLC – The Case of Corn

🕔Jul 25, 2018The House and Senate have respectively passed their versions of a 2018 Farm Bill and now a conference committee will attempt to work out differences. Both the House and Senate […]

U.S. Corn, Soy, Wheat – Tariffs and Embargoes – Long Term Implications

🕔Jul 17, 2018With the implementation of tariffs taking effect, President Donald Trump’s trade policy has roiled commodity markets.  Tariffs have been imposed on U.S. imports, triggering counter-tariffs on U.S. exports with ag […]

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