It’s Time To Reconnect Ag Support With Market Realities – Commentary Sep 15, 2020

🕔Sep 15, 2020
When we explain the concept of major-crop supply management that includes a loan rate that is marginally below the full cost of production, we are often met with one or […]

Welcome to the Age of Increased Ag Variability – Commentary Sep 8, 2020

🕔Sep 8, 2020
The warning signs are all around us. We have had a derecho in Iowa that flattened grain bins and fields of corn. Hurricane Laura came tearing in off the Gulf […]

Corn Market: Price Floor? There Is No Price Floor. – Commentary Sep 1, 2020

🕔Sep 1, 2020
In last week’s column we examined the assertion that corn prices moved from the $1.00 per bushel price plateau in the 1947-1972 period to a $2.00 price plateau in the […]

Seasonal Corn Prices That Start With “2” – The New Trend? – Commentary Aug 25, 2020

🕔Aug 25, 2020
The August “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” was released on August 12 and contained a grim forecast for corn farmers and thus most producers of storable agricultural commodities in […]

Are Export-Oriented Farm Policies Part Of The Problem? – Commentary Aug 18, 2020

🕔Aug 18, 2020
The difference between us and many other agricultural economists is that over the years we have developed our agricultural policy proposals based on the economic characteristics of aggregate crop agriculture: […]

Recovering U.S. Share of World Crop Exports Is Ag Policy’s Zombie Idea – Opinion Aug 12, 2020

🕔Aug 12, 2020
In a recent farmdocsdaily article, “The US Safety Net, Crop Profitability, and a Floor on Cost of Production” by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Michael Langmeier, the authors pose the […]

Policy Pennings: Supply Management Won’t Reverse Export Trends Jul 28, 2020

🕔Jul 28, 2020
Though the 2018 Farm Bill has been in effect for just a year and a half, the ability of that legislation to address the current challenges facing agriculture (China’s response […]

With COVID-19 We All Really Are “In the Same Boat” Jul 9, 2020

🕔Jul 9, 2020
In late June 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration issued Interim Guidance […]

Farm Groups Have a Change of Heart About Climate Change – Commentary Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
Farmers are often frustrated with the attitudes of urban dwellers who by their words or actions indicate that they really do not understand the issues that the rural/agricultural community faces […]

Meat Packing Concentration – Advantages and Disadvantages May 28, 2020

🕔May 28, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

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