Illinois: What Could Change the 2019 Corn, Soy Return Outlook?

🕔Oct 31, 2018The outlook for 2019 corn and soybean returns is lower than returns in recent years. However, higher returns are possible under other economic and agronomic situations than those used to […]

Trade Aid: Reminder – Sign Up for USDA Market Facilitation Program

🕔Oct 24, 2018Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).  USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP to provide payments to corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, […]

Farm Policy: Expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill, CRS Report

🕔Oct 19, 2018Late last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled, “Expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill,” which stated that, “The current farm bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014, […]

Illinois Corn, Soy: Reviewing Prices and Market Facilitation Payments

🕔Oct 12, 2018As the trade conflict with China continues, prices for many agricultural commodities remain relatively low. Illinois corn and soybean prices dipped to new lows in September, coinciding with the latest […]

USDA’s Trade Aid Package, Potential Tariff Impacts

🕔Oct 1, 2018Recent news articles have discussed USDA’s trade aid package, as well as the potential impacts of ongoing trade tariffs on U.S. farm goods.  Today’s update provides an overview of several of […]

Tariff Farm Aid: Iowa Soybeans – Strategies for $550Mln in Payments

🕔Sep 20, 2018The lion’s share of payments under the new Market Facilitation Program (MFP) are going to pork and soybean producers. Given the most recent USDA production estimates, Iowa producers stand to […]

Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- August 2018

🕔Sep 14, 2018On Thursday, the Senate Ag Committee held a hearing titled, “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade,” where lawmakers engaged in a discussion with Gregg Doud, the Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the Office of the […]

Trade Aid for Farmers: Soy $1.65Bu – Corn $0.01Bu – Cotton $0.06Lb. – DTN

🕔Aug 29, 2018Commodity farmers can expect to collect a combined $4.7 billion in trade aid payments from USDA with soybean farmers receiving the bulk of those funds as USDA works to spread […]

Trade Aid for Farmers: Dollars and “Sense” – USDA Market Facilitation Program

🕔Aug 29, 2018USDA released details on aid it will provide to farmers in response to trade disputes, resulting in tariffs instituted by the U.S. and retaliatory tariffs from trading partners, especially China. […]

Missouri Corn Growers – “Trade Aid Adds Insult to Injury”

🕔Aug 29, 2018Missouri Corn Growers Association President Kyle Kirby, a farmer from Barton County, released the following statement regarding today’s trade mitigation plan details. In the announcement, the USDA sets the payment […]

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