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August 28, 2014 Resolution of U.S. Crop Year Price Uncertainly and Its Implications for the 2014 Farm Program Decision   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
June 17, 2014 Availability of County Crop Insurance in 2014: Implications for SCO   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey
May 30, 2014 Leading Role for farmdoc in USDA Award of $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs   Continue Reading...
  Mark Althouse
April 24, 2014 Further Discussion of the Supplemental Coverage Option   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess
April 17, 2014 Mapping the Farm Bill: Voting in the House of Representatives   Continue Reading...
  Todd Kuethe and Jonathan Coppess
March 12, 2014 The EPA Add-Up RFS and the Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit   Continue Reading...
  Jarrett Whistance, Wyatt Thompson, and Seth Meyer
March 7, 2014 Export Markets for US Ethanol   Continue Reading...
  Seth Meyer and Nick Paulson
March 6, 2014 2014 Farm Bill: Reallocating Base Acreage   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess
February 27, 2014 2014 Farm Bill: The Supplemental Coverage Option   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess
February 20, 2014 Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage in the 2014 Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson
February 12, 2014 2014 Crop Safety Net Decision: Key Considerations   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
February 12, 2014 The Dairy Safety Net Debate Part III: The Compromise Dairy Safety Net Solution   Continue Reading...
  John Newton and Cameron Thraen
February 6, 2014 Evaluating Commodity Program Choices in the New Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Jonathan Coppess
January 30, 2014 2014 Farm Bill Farm Safety Net: Summary and Brief Thoughts   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
January 16, 2014 Evaluating EPA's Arguments for RFS Waiver Authority   Continue Reading...
  Jonathan Coppess
January 10, 2014 Mapping the Fate of the Farm Bill: A Closer Look at SNAP   Continue Reading...
  Todd Kuethe and Jonathan Coppess
January 8, 2014 IFES 2013: 2013 Farm Policy Update   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess
December 27, 2013 RIN Update: 2014 Carry In and EPA's Proposed Rulemaking   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
December 19, 2013 The Dairy Safety Net Debate of 2013 Part II: Questions and Answers   Continue Reading...
  John Newton and Cam Thraen
December 17, 2013 The Dairy Safety Net Debate of 2013 Part I: Questions and Answers   Continue Reading...
  John Newton and Cam Thraen
December 11, 2013 Turning Weeds Into Ethanol - Why Not?   Continue Reading...
  Lauren D. Quinn, Elise C. Scott, A. Bryan Endres, Tom Voigt & Jody M. Endres
December 6, 2013 Number of Generations a Farm Has been in a Family   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf, Fahri Yavuz and Bradley Lubben
December 5, 2013 Mapping the Fate of the Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Todd Kuethe and Jonathan Coppess
November 27, 2013 Insurance Coverage of Corn and Soybean Production Cost since 1980   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 22, 2013 The Bioenergy Farm Lease, Part 4: Incorporation of Evolving Standards   Continue Reading...
  Elise C. Scott, Lauren D. Quinn, and A. Bryan Endres
November 21, 2013 Big Picture View of the Crop Safety Net Debate   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 20, 2013 Proposed Rules for 2014 RFS - A Volume of Uncertainty   Continue Reading...
  Seth Meyer and Rob Johansson
November 14, 2013 2013 Farm Bill Update - November 2013   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Jonathan Coppess
November 13, 2013 Debt Use by Farms with Crop Insurance   Continue Reading...
  Kevin Patrick , Jennifer Ifft and Todd H. Kuethe
November 6, 2013 EPA Authority to Reduce the RFS   Continue Reading...
  Jonthan Coppess
November 1, 2013 Legal Uncertainties Plague Carbon Foot Printing of Biomass Energy   Continue Reading...
  Jody M. Endres
October 31, 2013 More on Ethanol RINs Pricing   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
October 30, 2013 More on Biodiesel RINs Pricing   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
October 23, 2013 Putting the Age of U.S. Farmers in Perspective   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
October 18, 2013 Public Opinion about the Food Stamp Program   Continue Reading...
  Jayson Lusk
October 17, 2013 Estimating the Biodiesel Supply Curve   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
October 16, 2013 When Exchanges Change the Rules of the Game   Continue Reading...
  Paul E. Peterson
October 10, 2013 What's Behind the Plunge in RINs Prices?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
October 9, 2013 Ethanol Prices Drive Corn Prices, Right?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
October 4, 2013 E85 and the Blend Wall   Continue Reading...
  Seth Meyer, Rob Johansson and Nick Paulson
October 2, 2013 The Remarkable Foresight of Biodiesel RINs Traders   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
September 27, 2013 The Land of "MILC and Honey"   Continue Reading...
  John Newton and Cam Thraen
September 26, 2013 RIN Update: Estimating Potential Stocks for 2014   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Seth Meyer
September 19, 2013 Estimated ARC Program Performance in 2012   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
September 6, 2013 Soybean - Corn Price Ratio Since 1975   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
September 5, 2013 Decision Time for the RFS?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
August 23, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Alcohol for Fuel and the Current Prosperity   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
August 22, 2013 Farm Bill Conference Issues   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey
August 21, 2013 Solving the Commodity Markets' Non-Convergence Puzzle   Continue Reading...
  Michael Adjemian, Philip Garcia, Scott Irwin, and Aaron Smith,
August 9, 2013 EPA Announces 2013 RFS2 Final Rulemaking   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
August 1, 2013 Biofuel Exports with the RFS Mandates?   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
July 31, 2013 RIN Update: Advanced and Renewable RIN Generation in 2013   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
July 26, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: China and the Current Prosperity   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf, Allan Lines, and Xianglin Liu
July 17, 2013 2013 Farm Bill Update - July 2013   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey
July 3, 2013 Farm Policy Background: Income of U.S. Farm vs. Nonfarm Population   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
June 27, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: U.S. Livestock Production   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
June 20, 2013 RIN Update: More Evidence for D6 RIN Stock Use in 2013   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
June 7, 2013 Market Distortion and Farm Program Design: A Case Examination of the Proposed Farm Price Support Programs   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
June 6, 2013 Expected Price Support Payments for Corn and Soybeans   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
May 31, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Production Response   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
May 23, 2013 Comparison of Approaches to Price Supports for the 2013 Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
May 16, 2013 A Farm Bill Update: More Changes to Commodity Programs   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
May 10, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Cash Farm Expenses   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
May 9, 2013 Payments by U.S. Farm Safety Net Program: Differences by Crop   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey
May 7, 2013 Questions That Will be the Focus of the Upcoming Farm Bill Debate   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf
May 2, 2013 Brazilian Ethanol Imports - Implications for U.S. Ethanol and Corn Demand   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
April 30, 2013 Farm Bill Negotiations: Selection between Three Programs   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schntikey and Carl Zulauf
April 26, 2013 U.S. Crop Safety Net Policy: Overarching Considerations and the Current Farm Bill Debate   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
April 24, 2013 Is Speculation Driving Up the Price of RINs?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
April 18, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Farm Debt   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
April 12, 2013 An Update on the 2012 RIN Carryover Controversy   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
April 10, 2013 Freeze It - A Proposal for Implementing RFS2 through 2015   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
April 5, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Cash Income and Real Estate   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
April 3, 2013 Ethanol Blending Margins, RFS2 Compliance, and the Price of Gasoline   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
March 22, 2013 Comparing Current and 1970 Farm Prosperity: Crop Prices   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
March 8, 2013 Exploding Ethanol RINs Prices: What's the Story?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
March 6, 2013 Persistence of Low and High Prices for U.S. Row Crops: Implications for Managing Risk and Farm Policy   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
February 22, 2013 2013 Farm Program Choice: An Initial Perspective   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey
February 13, 2013 The Ethanol Blend Wall, Biodiesel Production Capacity, and the RFS...Something Has to Give   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
February 8, 2013 Distribution of Crop Insurance Net Farm Payments by Crop and State   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey
February 6, 2013 List of Alternatives Being Discussed to Reduce Farm Premium Subsidies in Crop Insurance   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Art Barnaby
January 31, 2013 Expanding the Ethanol Blend Wall - a Role for E85?   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin and Darrel Good
January 11, 2013 2013 Farm Bill Update   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
January 4, 2013 IFES 2012: Overview and Impacts of Proposed Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
December 28, 2012 IFES 2012: The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain and Oilseed   Continue Reading...
  Scott Irwin
December 14, 2012 RIN Stock Update: Implications of the 2012 Drought   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
December 6, 2012 2012 Farm Bill Update   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
December 5, 2012 U.S. Fiscal Cliff and U.S. Agriculture   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 15, 2012 2012 Drought, the Harvest Price Option, and Forward Contracting   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 7, 2012 2012 Election   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 2, 2012 The Biofuels Era - A Changing of the Guard?   Continue Reading...
  Darrel Good and Scott Irwin
October 31, 2012 Still More on Position Limits, Excessive Speculation and the Dodd-Frank Act   Continue Reading...
  Paul E. Peterson
October 25, 2012 Wheat Feeding   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig
October 24, 2012 More on Position Limits, Excessive Speculation and the Dodd-Frank Act   Continue Reading...
  Paul E. Peterson
October 17, 2012 Position Limits, Excessive Speculation and the Dodd-Frank Act   Continue Reading...
  Paul E. Peterson
October 12, 2012 Relative Importance of Price vs. Yield variability in Crop Revenue Risk   Continue Reading...
  Bruce Sherrick
October 11, 2012 Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine (KRU) and World Grain Markets   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
October 5, 2012 How Green Economy Metrics Have Failed the Renewable Fuel Standard   Continue Reading...
  Jody M. Endres and Daniel Szewczyk
September 27, 2012 Interaction between Crop Insurance and Price Support Programs   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
September 20, 2012 The Nested Structure of the RFS2 Biofuel Mandate and RIN Values   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Seth Meyer
September 7, 2012 2012 Farm Bill Debate: Multiple-Year Risk Assistance Programs   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
September 6, 2012 RIN Values: What Do They Tell Us about the Impact of Biofuel Mandates?   Continue Reading...
  Seth Meyer and Nick Paulson
August 30, 2012 2012 Drought: Yield Loss, Revenue Loss, and Harvest Price Option   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
August 23, 2012 The Impact of the 2012 Drought on Corn and Soybean Yield Updates for the PLC Program   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
August 22, 2012 Non-Harvested Corn and Soybean Acres: Historical Context   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
August 16, 2012 Shallow Loss Programs and the 2012 Farm Bill Debate   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
August 9, 2012 Price vs. Revenue Farm Safety Net   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
August 1, 2012 An Update on RIN Stocks and Implications for Meeting the RFS2 Mandates with Corn Ethanol   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Seth Meyer
July 26, 2012 Comparison of Changes in Program Spending in the Senate and House Farm Bills   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Carl Zulauf
July 12, 2012 Price Loss Coverage in the House Discussion Bill and Acreage Decisions   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf
July 10, 2012 First Draft of New House Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey and Nick Paulson
July 5, 2012 Update on U.S. Senate Version of Crop Safety Net   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
June 21, 2012 Farm Payment Limits: History and Observations   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
June 14, 2012 Comparing Revenue Protection Offered by ARC and SCO   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
June 13, 2012 Differences across Crops in Spending Under the 2012 Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey
June 7, 2012 Understanding the Supplemental Coverage Option   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
June 5, 2012 Performance of the Super Committee Target Price Proposal   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey
May 31, 2012 Olympic Moving Average and Potential Price Protection   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
May 15, 2012 Update on U.S. Senate Ag Committee version of New Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
May 8, 2012 U.S. Senate Ag Committee version of New Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
May 4, 2012 Estimates of Regional Shifts in Commodity Program Support: IL Corn and Soybeans   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
April 26, 2012 First Draft of New Senate Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
April 19, 2012 Net Payments to Farmers by Crop Insurance: Historical Trends and the 2012 Farm Safety Net Debate   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
April 12, 2012 Graphical Illustrations of Proposed Farm Revenue Programs and Crop Insurance   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey
April 6, 2012 Understanding the Lifespan and Maturity of a RIN   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
March 15, 2012 Is the Ethanol Mandate Truly a Mandate? An Estimate of Banked RINs Stocks   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
March 7, 2012 Freedom to Farm, Changes in Planted Acres, and Policy Observations   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
March 2, 2012 Market Oriented vs. Fixed Supports and the 2012 Farm Bill   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
February 10, 2012 Crop Insurance and the Future Farm Safety Net   Continue Reading...
  Keith Collins and Harun Bulut
January 25, 2012 ACRE Price Component Forecast, 2012 Crop   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
January 19, 2012 Country Contribution to World Economic Activity and Growth   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Evan Hertzog
January 13, 2012 Distributional Impacts of Capping Eligibility for Commodity Program Payments   Continue Reading...
  Eric Wailes, Eddie Chavez, Diana Danforth, Bruce Ahrendsen and Bruce Dixon
January 5, 2012 ACRE State Revenue Payments, 2010 Crops   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
January 4, 2012 Why Was ACRE a No-Go with Iowa Farmers?   Continue Reading...
  William M. Edwards
December 28, 2011 2011 IFES: An Overview of Proposed Changes to Farm Policy   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
December 14, 2011 Biotechnology and Variation in Average U.S. Yields   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Evan Hertzog
December 7, 2011 Biotechnology and U.S. Crop Yield Trends   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf and Evan Hertzog
November 30, 2011 Sustainability of Large Payments by ACRE   Continue Reading...
  Carl Zulauf
November 22, 2011 The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act and Its Economic Implications   Continue Reading...
  Luis A. Ribera and Ronald D. Knutson
November 16, 2011 Caloric Sweetened Beverage Taxes: The Good Food/Bad Food Trap   Continue Reading...
  Robbin S. Johnson
November 4, 2011 Critical Issues for Agricultural Cooperatives   Continue Reading...
  Phil Kenkel and John Park
October 26, 2011 Should Soft Drinks be Taxed More Heavily?   Continue Reading...
  Carlisle Ford Runge
October 21, 2011 Innovating Policy for Chesapeake Bay Restoration   Continue Reading...
  Marc Ribaudo and James Shortle
October 14, 2011 Taxpayer Preferences for USDA Expenditures   Continue Reading...
  Brenna D. Ellison and Jayson L. Lusk
October 13, 2011 More on Price Risk Protection of Government Programs and Crop Insurance   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
September 23, 2011 EPA Mandate Waivers Create New Uncertainties in Biodiesel Markets   Continue Reading...
  Seth Meyer and Wyatt Thompson
August 12, 2011 The Environment of the Next Farm Bill Debate   Continue Reading...
  Steven L. Klose
August 5, 2011 Innovations to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers   Continue Reading...
  Dawn Thilmany and Suresh Sureshwaran
August 3, 2011 More on Explaining Regional Policy Differences: Planted vs. Base Acreage   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
July 29, 2011 Farmland Values   Continue Reading...
  Jason Henderson and Brent Gloy
July 15, 2011 Regional Implications of a County-Based ACRE Program   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
June 28, 2011 Supreme Court Blocks Federal Common Law Public Nuisance Claims for Greenhouse Gas Emissions   Continue Reading...
  A. Bryan Endres
June 21, 2011 Miscanthus Incentive Program Will Further Understanding of Environmental and Societal Impacts of Energy Biomass Systems   Continue Reading...
  Jody M. Endres
June 10, 2011 Farm Debt and the Farm Real Estate Bubble   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
May 13, 2011 Fundamental Forces Affecting Agribusiness Industries, Part II   Continue Reading...
  Kent D. Olson and Michael Boehlje
May 6, 2011 The ACRE Program Decision for 2011   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
May 6, 2011 Agricultural Sustainability Standards Moving Toward the Finish Line   Continue Reading...
  A. Bryan Endres and Jody M. Endres
May 3, 2011 Profitability and Farm Size on Grain Farms in Illinois   Continue Reading...
  Mak Kern and Nick Paulson
April 29, 2011 ACRE Program Enrollment in 2009 and 2010   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
April 20, 2011 Potential Cuts to Ag Spending: Direct Payments in Illinois   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson
April 8, 2011 Agriculture in the Republican Proposal Presented by Paul Ryan   Continue Reading...
  Gary Schnitkey
April 8, 2011 Can State-Level Climate Policies Survive Constitutional Scrutiny?   Continue Reading...
  Jody M. Endres and A. Bryan Endres
April 6, 2011 Putting Agricultural Spending Into Perspective   Continue Reading...
  Nick Paulson and Gary Schnitkey
March 30, 2011 "Progressive" Farm Subsidies   Continue Reading...
  Barrett Kirwan
March 18, 2011 Measuring Indirect Land Use Change with Biofuels: Implications for Policy   Continue Reading...
  Mahdu Khanna