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Farm Safety Net for 2018

  • July 27, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

In earlier articles, we projected earnings for a case farm in west central Indiana, and examined the sensitivity of earnings and the farm safety net to changes in price and…
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Gardner Policy Series

Declining Cost of Production and Farm Policy

  • December 14, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Gary Schnitkey

In a July 25, 2017 farmdoc daily article, Schnitkey discussed declining cost of production for Illinois corn and soybeans. This article extends the discussion to the U.S. and to barley,…
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Are ARC-CO and PLC Substitute Programs?

  • November 9, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

The 2014 farm bill required farms to choose between ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). While overlap in payments can occur, ARC and PLC have different design…
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Gardner Policy Series

Comparing NASS and RMA County Yields for Corn

  • November 2, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess

Controversy has surrounded determination of ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage county) yields. One component of this controversy is the difference in the county yields determined by NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service)…
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Gardner Policy Series

Farm Safety Net Support for Cotton in Perspective

  • May 11, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

As discussed in several articles over the last year, support for cotton is a key contemporary farm policy issue. These articles have discussed various aspects of the issue but have…
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ARC-CO Payment Timing and Cash Rent Bidding

  • November 22, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

Understanding the timing of Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) payments is important when making cash rent bids. ARC-CO payments related to 2017 production should be used in…
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An Update on the Farm Safety Net

  • October 7, 2016
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael

In an earlier article, we projected earnings for a case farm in west central Indiana, and examined the sensitivity of earnings and farm program payments to changes in price and…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Cottonseed and U.S. Oilseed Farm Program Issues

  • January 28, 2016
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

This article describes and assesses the proposal to add cottonseed to the list of "other oilseeds." The proposal is important due to its potential cost and because it raises other…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Understanding ARC-CO as a Shallow Loss Program

  • December 16, 2015
  • Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey

This article continues the discussion of ARC-CO. Previous articles in this series were posted on November 25, 2015 and December 9, 2015. They respectively addressed ARC-CO as transition assistance and…
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