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Adoption of technology has been important to production agriculture for decades. Through the adoption of technology and improved managerial practices, aggregate agricultural U.S. farm output in the United States tripled from 1948 to 2017 with almost no corresponding increase in…
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Each fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides an important source of credit to farmers who are unable to borrow from commercial sources. The farm loan programs provide direct credit and guarantees loans made…
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The USDA released final estimates of yield, acreage, and production for the 2020 corn crop on January 12th in its Crop Production Annual Summary report. The final estimate of yield was only 172 bushels per acre, which was a substantial…
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For the past several years, many farmers in the Midwest purchased Revenue Protection (RP) crop insurance at an 85% coverage level (RP-85%). Due to both higher projected prices and volatilities, RP-85% will have about double the premium costs in 2021…
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Since 2015, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles have been published on the topic of food insecurity among college students. Interest in the topic continues to grow, especially as food insecurity relates to larger discussions about college affordability – a priority…
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Payments from the crop insurance add-on Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) at different prices and yields are illustrated in this article. Since ECO coverage levels are high, ECO will make payments in many years. Given premium support involved, ECO should average…
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Agricultural debt on a nominal basis in Illinois has been increasing since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) are shown to see if increasing debt levels pose problems for the…
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