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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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Continued Review of Fixed Price Farm Policy

  • May 3, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

This article continues the discussion of the long-running farm policy that triggers payments to farmers using crop prices fixed in statute. The previous articles looked at historic target price policy…
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Initial Review of the House 2018 Farm Bill

  • April 26, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

On Thursday, April 18, 2018, the House Agriculture Committee reported its version of the farm bill titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The vote to report the bill…
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Reviewing the CBO Baseline for 2018 Farm Bill Debate

  • April 12, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

On April 9, 2018, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated and revised baseline for the major programs in the farm bill. If Congress reauthorizes the farm bill programs…
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Interest Rate and Current U.S. Cropland Prices

  • April 11, 2018
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

The Federal Reserve has initiated what appears to be sustained, incremental increases in the Federal Funds rate and by extension other interest rates. Current expectation is for a ¾ to…
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Why They Can’t All Be Trade Surpluses

  • April 4, 2018
  • Kathy Baylis, Steve Burak and Jonathan Coppess

As the potential for a trade war with China escalates, and the rhetoric about NAFTA continues to heat up, we thought we'd step back and talk a bit about the…
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U.S. Field Crop Income – Return to Normalcy

  • March 21, 2018
  • Carl Zulauf , Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

The economic state of U.S. crop farming has drawn considerable attention in recent years. This article uses U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cost of production data to compare the ratio…
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Premium Subsidy and Insured U.S. Acres

  • March 15, 2018
  • Carl Zulauf Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

Cost of Federal Crop Insurance is an on-going farm policy issue. President Trump proposed several changes to reduce its cost in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The changes include reducing…
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