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Reflections on the U.S. 2018 Midterm Elections

  • November 8, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, and Carl Zulauf

This article is composed of 4 short reflections on the 2018 U.S. midterm elections and their potential impact on U.S. farm economics and policy.  Each was written independently.  We often…
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Farm Bill Stalemate, Part 3: Conservation Concerns

  • October 17, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Benjamin Gramig, Carl Zulauf, Nick Paulson, and Gary Schnitkey

The conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation title is part of…
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Reviewing Prices and Market Facilitation Payments

  • October 11, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Gary Schnitkey, and Jonathan Coppess

As the trade conflict with China continues, prices for many agricultural commodities remain relatively low. Illinois corn and soybean prices dipped to new lows in September, coinciding with the latest…
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The Farm Bill Stalemate, Part 2: The SNAP Question

  • October 4, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Carl Zulauf, Nick Paulson, and Gary Schnitkey

The September 30th expiration date for the Agricultural Act of 2014 has passed and conference negotiations appear no closer to completion; a period of uncertainty likely to last through at…
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Dispatches from the Trade Wars

  • August 29, 2018
  • Yujun Zhou, Kathy Baylis, Jonathan Coppess and Qiangting Xie

The last month has produced a lot of news on the trade front, much of which has implications for US farmers and their markets.  All of the largest and most…
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Farm Bill Food for Thought: Research and Extension

  • August 23, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Carl Zulauf, Nick Paulson and Gary Schnitkey

Conference negotiations for a 2018 farm bill reportedly continue behind the scenes, but with little indication about progress. In the meantime, a recent article in the Washington Post provided a…
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2018 Farm Bill Updated: Conference Negotiations Begin

  • August 9, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson, Nick Paulson and Benjamin Gramig

Congress has completed the procedural steps necessary to begin conference negotiations on the two 2018 farm bills produced by the House and Senate.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office has updated…
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Trade Timeline and Corn and Soybean Prices

  • July 31, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Jonathan Coppess, and Gary Schnitkey

China has become an increasingly important trading partner for U.S. agriculture, which makes the escalation of the conflict over tariffs and retaliation particularly troubling for American farmers. In Illinois, corn…
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Understanding Budget Implications of Cover Crops

  • June 28, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Shalamar Armstrong

Farmers remain under pressure to adopt practices that will reduce nutrient losses from their fields and cover crops are considered the most effective in-field practice for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus…
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Five-Year Income Projections for Grain Farms

  • June 26, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

Five-year financial projections for Illinois grain farms suggests continued low farm incomes, given that yields are at trend levels with corn prices near $3.60 per bushel and soybean prices ranging…
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2018 First Quarter RIN Update

  • May 23, 2018
  • Nick Paulson

Today’s article provides the first quarterly update on RIN generation for 2018.  Generation figures and projections are based on available data from EPA’s EMTS through April of 2018, with annual…
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