2018 Farm Bill Draft: Maybe Not as Bad as You Expected – DTN

🕔Apr 13, 2018Congressmen have been quick to point out 2018 farm income is projected to be less than half of what it was five years ago, but the farm bill draft rolled […]

Farm Business: Who You Gonna Call? Tough Times Make Hotlines a Life Saver – Commentary

🕔Mar 7, 2018Editor’s Note: Click here for related commentary. As we look toward the beginning of planting season for most of the country, the factors that determine the price they will receive in the […]

Cotton and Dairy Farmers Included in Congressional Budget Agreement – DTN

🕔Feb 9, 2018The federal government shutdown briefly early Friday morning before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted to approve a much-criticized spending bill that includes some key agricultural programs.   The […]

Farm Policy Review and Outlook for the 2018 Farm Bill

🕔Jan 5, 2018This is a presentation summary from the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 18-22, 2017. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries […]

Cotton Growers May Benefit from Last Minute Disaster Package – DTN

🕔Dec 20, 2017It’s been a long battle, but cotton farmers will finally get the opportunity to sign up cottonseed in an emergency disaster bill Congress is expected to pass before leaving town […]

Farm Bill: Programs Cost Taxpayers Too Much, Don’t Address Low Price Issues – Commentary

🕔Nov 22, 2017During a recent teleconference, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee Michael Conaway said that debate on the farm bill would be pushed into early 2018 and the commodity title would […]

Farm Bill Options: What About Blending ARC and PLC Programs? – Commentary

🕔Nov 10, 2017The 2014 farm bill required farms to choose between ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). While overlap in payments can occur, ARC and PLC have different design […]

Farm Safety Net: How Would It Handle Sudden Trade Disruptions?

🕔Nov 9, 2017Risk remains one of the salient features of commodity agriculture. We usually discuss weather or market price risk, but we also need to be mindful of policy risk. Macro-economic policy […]

USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments – Total Exceeds $9.6 Bln

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🕔Oct 3, 2017Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that over $9.6 billion in payments will be made, beginning this week, to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) […]

Ag Appropriations: Cottonseed Eligible for PLC Program; Dairy Farmers Get MPP Monthly – DTN

🕔Jul 21, 2017The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed a fiscal year 2018 Agriculture appropriations bill that would provide new aid to both cotton and dairy producers.  The bill would designate cotton […]

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