Ethanol Demand Destruction and Small Refinery Exemptions

🕔Sep 14, 2018Small refinery exemptions (SREs) represent the latest controversy to engulf the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). When the U.S. Congress first created the RFS in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 it […]

Farm Policy: USDA Outlines Trade Assistance; Trump Touts Mexico Trade Deal

🕔Aug 28, 2018On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided additional details on its trade assistance package for farmers.  Meanwhile, President Trump indicated that the U.S. and Mexico had reached an agreement […]

Emergency Payments for Farmers: Déjà vu All Over Again – Commentary

🕔Aug 16, 2018When we were planning to write a column using our six agricultural policy benchmarks  for evaluating emergency payments—distinct from ad-hoc disaster payments—we thought we would be confined to those adopted […]

USDA Made a Blunder Cutting Media Early Access to Reports – DTN

🕔Aug 10, 2018Perhaps circling the drain even faster than the likes of black rhinos, whooping cranes and snow leopards, small-town newspapers represent a particularly sad and endangered form of business. Some remain […]

North Carolina: Gag Order on Hog Farmers – $473.5Mln Awarded to Plaintiffs – DTN

🕔Aug 9, 2018A federal judge’s gag order against hog farmers and others tied to nuisance lawsuits prevents those with the most knowledge of the farming practices from talking about the impact the […]

Corps of Engineers Hands Off Parts of Clean Water Act to States – DTN

🕔Aug 8, 2018The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ready to hand over Clean Water Act permitting authority on a subset of protected waters to states and tribes. For decades, farmers and […]

China Tariffs: The Last Straw for Our Weak Ag Economy – Commentary

🕔Aug 8, 2018Stop the presses! We intended to use this column to continue our examination of the various commodity policies that have been enacted in recent years beginning with the 1996 Farm […]

News Groups Challenge USDA Shut Down of Early Commodity Info – DTN

🕔Aug 6, 2018Bloomberg News, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, the National Press Club, the National Press Foundation and DTN/The Progressive Farmer have sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue challenging USDA’s […]

Tax Cuts, Jobs Act: What are the Benefits for Farmers?

🕔Jul 27, 2018Robert Tufts, a visiting professor with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says Section 199A, the new qualified business income deduction is the most significant change for farmers in the Tax […]

Biodiesel: RFS Waivers – Huge Losses for Farmers – DTN

🕔Jul 20, 2018EPA had not planned to address small-refinery waivers in a public hearing on Wednesday, but farmers and biofuels groups had other ideas as they unloaded on the agency. EPA is […]

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