Weather-Based Price Premiums Will Be Limited Help – Commentary

🕔Jul 18, 2019We want to examine some of the financial issues facing farmers in a year with widespread flooding, fields that won’t dry out, and prevented planting, all taking place in the […]

Cover Crops Make a Comeback with Increased Yields – Commentary

🕔Jul 3, 2019Cover crops have been a part of U.S. farming since at least the 1930s. But the advent of synthetic nitrogen following WWII removed much of the incentive to use that […]

Prevent Plant as Land Diversion Policy

🕔Jul 1, 2019Prevent plant corn and soybean acres may be a record in 2019. Prevent plant is an insurance product.  It is also a conditional land diversion program.  The condition is that […]

Cover Crops and Prevent Planting – What You Need to Know

🕔Jun 26, 2019Many farmers will soon be considering whether to plant cover crops on prevent plant acres. If prevent planting payments are received through crop insurance, there are species selection and forage […]

Farmers Face Difficult Decisions as Spring Planting Lumbers On

🕔Jun 3, 2019Farmers continue to cope with difficult planting conditions that have bogged down corn planting this spring to a record slow pace.  Policy uncertainty stemming from recently announced executive branch trade assistance persists, and the […]

Why Ask Farmers to Gamble on Program Choices? – Commentary

🕔May 1, 2019The 2018 Farm Bill provides farmers with the ability to switch between the Agricultural Risk Coverage program at the county level (ARC-CO) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. Initially […]

Farm Income: The Wolf is at the Door – Commentary

🕔Apr 12, 2019We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While […]

Trump Budget Proposal Shows Lack of Concern for Farm Economy – Commentary

🕔Mar 26, 2019The 2020 Fiscal Year Budget that President Trump sent to Congress on March 11, 2019 cut spending for the USDA by 15 percent. While this proposed budget may be dead […]

WOTUS Proposal: Lines are Drawn at EPA Public Hearing – DTN

🕔Mar 1, 2019A clear line was drawn in the sand between those who support and those who oppose the proposed revision of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule, during […]

Infrastructure Promises: No Plan or Fix Yet – DTN

🕔Feb 12, 2019During the signing of the tax overhaul bill on Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump said, “Infrastructure is by far the easiest,” according to a Washington Post article from Jan. […]

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