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Market Facilitation Program: Impacts and Initial Analysis

  • August 28, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson, Krista Swanson and Carl Zulauf

USDA released details on aid it will provide to farmers in response to trade disputes, resulting in tariffs instituted by the U.S. and retaliatory tariffs from trading partners, especially China.…
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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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Revised Estimates of 2017 ARC-CO Payments

  • May 30, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

In recent months, forecasts of 2017 Market Year Average prices have increased. Higher MYA prices will result in lower 2017 payments for the Agricultural Risk Coverage at the County level…
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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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