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Estimated GRIP Payments for 2013

  • December 23, 2013
  • Gary Schnitkey

Insurance payments for 2013 Group Risk Income Plans (GRIP) policies will not be known until the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) releases county yields in late February, 2014. Herein, GRIP…
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Where Is My MF Global Check?

  • December 18, 2013
  • Paul E. Peterson

October 31 marked the two-year anniversary of the MF Global Collapse, when nearly $1.6 billion of customer funds went missing. To date, former MF Global customers who traded on US…
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Turning Weeds Into Ethanol – Why Not?

  • December 11, 2013
  • Lauren D. Quinn, Elise C. Scott, A. Bryan Endres, Tom Voigt and Jody M. Endres

Media coverage of the controversy surrounding the use of certain non-native feedstocks for bioenergy is as pervasive as invasiveness itself. Plants such as giant reed and elephant grass are known…
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Mapping the Fate of the Farm Bill

  • December 5, 2013
  • Todd Kuethe and Jonathan Coppess

The current effort to pass a farm bill has been exceedingly difficult and successful completion remains in doubt. This post is the first in a series that will examine various…
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High Cash Rents and Farmer Returns

  • December 3, 2013
  • Gary Schnitkey

An open question is: How long will it take before "high" cash rents are lowered? The answer to this question will depend on the willingness of farmers to sustain losses…
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