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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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Crop Insurance Performance in 2017

  • April 24, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey

In 2017, the Federal crop insurance program had low insurance payments relative to total premium. The 2017 loss ratio for the entire Federal program was .42, well below the targeted…
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Gardner Policy Series

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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Crop Insurance Decisions for 2018

  • March 1, 2018
  • Bruce Sherrick and Gary Schnitkey

The price discovery period used to determine projected prices and volatility factors for federally sponsored corn and soybean crop insurance products for 2018 is completed. For the majority of the…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Crop Insurance Performance of Soybeans

  • January 9, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey

Conversations with farmers suggest that some are considering lowering coverage levels or eliminating crop insurance on soybeans. Doing so would conserve cash and many farmers note that they have received…
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Crop Insurance Product Comparisons

  • June 9, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

Periodically, discussion pertaining to the elimination of the harvest price option is mentioned in policy circles. The revenue protection product with the harvest price option is widely used in the…
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Crop Insurance Decisions for 2017

  • February 28, 2017
  • Bruce Sherrick and Gary Schnitkey

The price discovery period used to determined projected prices and volatility factors for federally sponsored corn and soybean crop insurance products for 2017 is nearly completed. For the majority of…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Crop Insurance Premiums for 2017

  • February 7, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey and Bruce Sherrick

Many producers are seriously evaluating their crop insurance budgets and coverage options in light of changing prices and premiums. Crop insurance premiums are determined each year based largely on several…
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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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Will Crop Insurance Pay in 2016?

  • August 24, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey

With harvest approaching, questions on whether crop insurance will make payments this year are beginning to arise, particularly for corn where the prospects are for the harvest price to be…
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