Farm Bill History: Why the 1996 Bill Didn’t Work and 2002 Was a Throwback – Commentary

🕔Aug 22, 2017With the increasing costs of the various titled emergency payments and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) in the 1998-2001 period, Congress found itself in the position of needing to stanch the […]

Livestock: Japan Increases U.S. Frozen Beef Tariff, Perdue Voices Concern – DTN

🕔Aug 1, 2017In what may be one of the first consequences to the U.S. for backing out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan this week announced an automatic tariff rate increase on […]

Ag Groups Fear Trump Plan to Limit Steel Imports Will Backfire on Trade – DTN

🕔Jul 13, 2017Farm groups are cautioning the Trump administration not to open a “Pandora’s Box” by claiming restrictions on steel and aluminum are needed to protect “national security.” Eighteen agricultural groups wrote […]

Farm Policy: Comparing Payments Made on Base vs. Planted Acres, 2014-2016 Crops

Photo by Nikki Bell, University of Kentucky
🕔Feb 8, 2017An on-going issue in U.S. crop policy is whether payments should be made on historical base acres, as generally done under recent U.S. farm bills, or on current planted acres. […]

Chinese Fortune Cookie: ‘You Will Have a Very Interesting Year’ and We Did – DTN

🕔Dec 29, 2016Each year, DTN publishes our choices for the top 10 ag news stories of the year. Today we continue our rundown with No. 3 focusing on China and its growing […]

WTO to Drop Export Subsidies After 20 Years of Talks – DTN

🕔Dec 22, 2015While there was some praise about the actions taken in the World Trade Organization’s ministerial conference announcements over the weekend in Nairobi, Kenya, the end result of the WTO talks […]

WTO Allows $1B in Tariffs Against Country-of-Origin Meat Labels – DTN

🕔Dec 7, 2015The World Trade Organization on Monday may have put a nail in the coffin of country-of-origin labels for meat products in the U.S. A WTO arbitration panel based in Geneva, […]

Crop Insurance Vulnerable to WTO Challenges?

🕔Nov 20, 2015We have sat through meetings in which leaders of the major farm organizations and officials from the USDA promoted crop insurance as a way to provide risk management for US […]

Wheat: Escalating Subsidies are Costing U.S. Farmers Big Time – DTN

🕔Sep 14, 2015Escalating farm subsidies in China, India, Turkey and Brazil cost U.S. wheat farmers nearly $1 billion in revenue every year, a new study by the wheat industry shows. Those four […]

WTO: The Farm Bill and ’15 Doha Negotiations

🕔Aug 13, 2015Overview This article concludes a three-part farmdoc daily series on the 2014 farm bill and U.S. commitments on farm supports under the World Trade Organization (WTO). The U.S. is unlikely […]

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