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Gardner Policy Series

A Reminder on NAFTA and Agriculture

  • April 28, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey, Kathy Baylis, and Jonathan Coppess

Recent news from the Trump Administration has sowed confusion about the President's intentions with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Early this week, President Trump suggested that…
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The Cottonseed Conundrum

  • April 27, 2017
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

With news that Congress continues seeking a way to fold cotton back into the ARC and PLC program, this article looks specifically at the cottonseed issue. It builds on the…
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Have Generic Acres Impacted Planting Decisions?

  • April 20, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

As discussed in the April 13, 2017 farmdoc daily article, the 2014 Farm Bill created generic base acres which allow the current year crop plantings to determine which commodity program…
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Beneath the Label: A Look at Generic Base Acres

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

A recent farm bill hearing before the House Ag Committee included concerns about how cotton farmers were treated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Comments indicated a concern that cotton farmers…
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Estimated 2016 ARC-CO Payments

  • February 24, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

On February 23rd, the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released county yields for the 2016 crop year. With these yield estimates, fairly accurate estimates of 2016 Agricultural Risk Coverage at…
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Tax Reform and Trade Policy

  • February 2, 2017
  • Kathy Baylis and Jonathan Coppess

President Trump has returned trade policies and related taxes to the spotlight. Last Thursday, the Trump administration floated the idea of a 20% border tax adjustment or a tariff on…
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Introducing the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program

  • January 27, 2017
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, and Kathy Baylis

Beginning January 2017, the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in conjunction with the farmdoc project will operate the Gardner Agriculture Policy…
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