Farm Bill and SNAP: Reality of Cutting $126 Monthly Payment – Commentary

🕔Jun 5, 2018Nothing has caused more problems for the House of Representatives’ 2018 Farm Bill than the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—the successor program to food stamps). There […]

Ag Policy: Been There Done That – Freedom to Farm – Commentary

🕔May 17, 2018This last week we were asked by a legal reporter to comment on a recent Tax and Budget Bulletin titled, “Reforming federal farm policies” (here) that was issued April 12, […]

PLC vs. ARC? Farm Policy Guys Think You May Switch Up

🕔May 10, 2018On April 12, 2018, members of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee received a copy of the 2018 Farm Bill proposal, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. A sign […]

U.S. Farm Income Decline: $123Bln in 2013 to $63.8Bln for 2017- Commentary

🕔Mar 1, 2018Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary.  Over the last six weeks we have reviewed the US costs and returns for the crops that are most widely grown in the US: corn, […]

Rice Farming: Still Losing Money but Keeping Costs Down Has Helped – Commentary

🕔Feb 14, 2018Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary on other crops.  In this series, thus far we have looked at the costs and returns for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton. Before […]

What Is the Impact of Supply Management Programs on U.S. Exports? – Commentary

🕔Nov 15, 2017We have heard over and over again from people who do not like crop supply management programs. They tell us that these programs put a cap on exports, particularly corn […]

Farm Bill: 1996 Changes Made Farmers More Dependent on Govt. Programs – Commentary

🕔Nov 2, 2017In looking toward a farm bill based on a supply management program, today’s column examines planting flexibility, the role of crop insurance, World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance, and the problems […]

Commodity Loans, Setasides: Sorting Through the Options – Commentary

🕔Oct 26, 2017If the loan rates that we discussed in our previous columns are used to take storable agricultural commodities off the market and set a floor on crop prices, what happens […]

Ag Loans: Are Past Arguments Against Raising Rates Valid? – Commentary

🕔Oct 18, 2017In designing the APAC/TFU supply management program for the 8 major storable crops (barley, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, oats, rice, soybeans, and wheat), the corn loan rate was set at […]

Farming in Sub-Sahara Africa: Solutions Often Don’t Match Needs – Commentary

🕔Sep 14, 2017Five weeks ago, we concluded an article on the loss of productive land in sub-Saharan Africa saying, “In the next column, we will examine other factors that have an impact on […]

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