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Weekly Farm Economics

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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Trade Timeline and Corn and Soybean Prices

  • July 31, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Jonathan Coppess, and Gary Schnitkey

China has become an increasingly important trading partner for U.S. agriculture, which makes the escalation of the conflict over tariffs and retaliation particularly troubling for American farmers. In Illinois, corn…
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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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