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Gardner Policy Series

Reviewing the Latest Cotton Proposal

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

Congress is attempting to reach an agreement on funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018; a short-term continuing resolution passed just before the holidays expires on January…
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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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Tax Legislation and the Specter of Sequestration

  • November 22, 2017
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has raised concerns about the potential impact the Congressional tax bills could have on farm programs and the farm bill. In…
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Reviewing the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

  • November 15, 2017
  • Kathy Baylis, Jonathan Coppess and Qianting Xie

While overshadowed by concerns about North Korea, trade discussions loomed large in President Trump's recent trip to Asia. Earlier statements from the Administration have raised concerns about the bilateral free…
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Update on NAFTA Renegotiations

  • November 10, 2017
  • Steve Burak, Kathy Baylis, and Jonathan Coppess

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been in the news for the last year-and-a-half; in the summer of 2016, Presidential candidate Trump vowed from the campaign trail, to…
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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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Harvest Price Option: Historical Assessment

  • October 26, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

HPO (harvest price option) crop insurance is popular with farmers but there have been several attempts to eliminate public subsidies for it. This article assesses HPO's historical performance in terms…
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Comparing ARC-CO and PLC Payments from 2014 to 2016

  • October 25, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf

The daily article from October 13, 2017 provided a comparison of ARC-CO and PLC payments for 2016 for corn and wheat. Today's article provides county level comparisons for the two…
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Comparison of 2016 ARC-CO and PLC Payments

  • October 13, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

The daily article from October 6, 2017 presents a summary of 2016 ARC-CO payments for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Today's article provides county level estimates of PLC payments for these…
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US Agriculture Often Bears the Cost of Trade Disputes

  • October 4, 2017
  • Steve Burak, Kathy Baylis, and Jonathan Coppess

Potential trade disputes are approaching from all directions with significant implications for American agriculture. To the north and south, the US government is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement…
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Reviewing the June 2017 CBO Baseline

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

On June 29, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated estimates for the mandatory programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014, known as the baseline. It is standard…
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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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