Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update

🕔Mar 12, 2019USDA announced last July that it would act to assist farmers damaged by tariffs and reduced exports. In September, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was initiated and the signup began. […]

Reminder – Trade Aid Deadline is Feb. 14

🕔Feb 12, 2019Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can […]

Farmer Sentiment Improves with Farm Bill, Trade Aid – Ag Barometer

🕔Feb 5, 2019The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rebounded sharply in January to a reading of 143, a 16-point improvement compared to December and the highest Barometer reading since June 2018.  […]

Soybean Market: Dealing with the Cash from Market Facilitation Payments – DTN

🕔Feb 1, 2019Farm Service Agency offices are open again — hooray! That means anyone who didn’t already sign up for and receive their Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for 2018’s corn, cotton, […]

USA Rice Awarded $3Mln for International Market Promotion

🕔Jan 31, 2019USA Rice has been awarded $3,050,075 in additional funding from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to conduct marketing and promotion activities abroad as a part of President Donald Trump’s trade […]

Illinois Grain Farms Should Expect Negative Incomes in 2019

🕔Jan 16, 2019In 2018, many grain farms in Illinois will have incomes above $70,000 per farm, the average from 2013 to 2017. Incomes in 2019 could be negative on many farms. While […]

Government Shutdown Grinds On – DTN

🕔Jan 11, 2019As the president and congressional Democrats keep fighting over border wall funding, farmers are feeling the impacts of the partial federal government shutdown in different ways. Terry Detrick points to […]

USDA: Tariff Compensation Deadline Extended; Jan.11 Crop Reports Delayed – DTN

🕔Jan 9, 2019Farmers who had waited to enroll in the Market Facilitation Program will get a deadline extension once USDA Farm Service Agency offices are allowed to reopen. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue […]

Government Shutdown: Impact on Soybean Exports, Trade Aid Payments

🕔Jan 3, 2019On the night of Friday, December 21st, the U.S. government began a partial government shutdown.  Today’s update points to recent news items that highlight how the shutdown may impact information related to U.S. […]

Tariff Aid: What’s the Impact on U.S. Soybean, Sorghum, and Corn Farmers?

🕔Dec 28, 2018The second quarter 2018 issue of Choices focused on the current trade war between the United States and China. The authors of this theme explained the state of the conflict […]

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