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Cost of the 2014 Farm Bill Commodity Programs

  • March 23, 2016
  • Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey

Payments by the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2014 crop year have totaled $5.2 billion so far. Intense criticism has accompanied them, in part because the Congressional Budget Office projected payments of $3.8…
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2014 Farm Bill Commodity Program Survey

  • August 26, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Brenna Ellison, Nick Paulson, Scott Irwin, and Jonathan Coppess

The 2014 Farm Bill provided commodity program choices for farmers and land owners. Farmers could elect to participate in either Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage, County (ARC-CO) for each program crop, or farmers could enroll all of…
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2014 Farm Bill and 2015 WTO Doha Round Negotiations

  • August 13, 2015
  • Carl Zulauf and David Orden

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). As noted in farmdoc daily July 30, 2015, the U.S. is unlikely to exceed its…
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2014 Farm Bill Crop Program Election, Part II

  • June 18, 2015
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

This article extends the discussion of crop program decisions by U.S. farmland owners and farmers in the June 16, 2015 farmdoc daily article. Program decision data are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency. Crop year price…
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Perspectives on Commodity Program Choices Under the 2014 Farm Bill

  • June 16, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA, FSA) recently released enrollment data on commodity program choices made under the 2014 Farm Bill. This article summarizes how farmers split program acres between Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Option (ARC-CO),…
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IFES 2014: The 2014 Farm Bill Program Decisions

  • January 2, 2015
  • Jonathan Coppess and Gary Schnitkey

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) has revised the commodity support programs. Producers must elect from among three different programs and there is a new crop insurance policy. Landowners are also provided an opportunity to reallocate base…
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Information for 2014 Farm Bill Decisions

  • October 7, 2014
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, and Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

Deadlines for making commodity program decisions for each Farm Service Agency farm are well into the future. February 27, 2015 is the deadline for yield updating and acre reallocation decisions. March 31, 2015 is the deadline for program choice decisions.…
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2014 Farm Bill Decisions: Base Acre Reallocation Option

  • July 24, 2014
  • Carl Zulauf, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess, and Gary Schnitkey

This article discusses the one-time option the owner of an Farm Service Agency (FSA) farm has to reallocate, but not increase, its base acres. The article concludes that this decision is important because of the emerging low prices, because Price…
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2014 Farm Bill Decisions: Payment Yield Update Option

  • July 11, 2014
  • Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey and Todd Kuethe

The 2014 farm bill provides the owner of a Farm Service Agency (FSA) farm with a one-time option to update the farm's payment yield for covered crops. This article will discuss this decision. It concludes by recommending that all producers…
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