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Comment: Looks like 2019 is one of THOSE years

While the Canadian Prairies are dry, the U.S. is struggling with very wet conditions

For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall is generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would just hold off long enough to get the crop in the ground. Surely 2019 is destined to join that company. Worse than that, it looks […] Read more


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Comment: U.S. farmers suffering from trade wars

As usual, farmers are getting it coming and going from this economic upset

Despite the hope that the U.S. and China would come to an agreement on trade that would end China’s retaliatory tariffs on agricultural imports from the U.S., nothing is on tap as we write this column. In what appears to be an attempt by the administration to pressure the Chinese into a deal by announcing […] Read more




Comment: U.S. Farm Bill: ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

The latest Farm Bill does nothing about the major problems — low prices and overproduction

As we began reading details from the recently passed 2018 Farm Bill, it reminded us of the old 1960s spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Except in this case no one is likely to end up with the gold. Let’s start with the […] Read more






Ethanol And Oil Subsidies: Competing Claims And Self-Justification

Acommon question we hear when we tell people that we are agricultural policy analysts is “Well, whaddya think about ethanol subsidies?” That question becomes critically important as the blenders’ credit, the ethanol import tariff and the small producers’ tax credit face a deadline of December 31, 2010 for renewal by a lame-duck Congress. Todd Neeley, […] Read more




Battling World Hunger By Increasing Global Production?

U. S. farmers began to believe that they had a responsibility to increase production and exports so that the hungry of the world could be fed. For some time now, we have focused our attention on the twin issues of production and exports of major crops as a way of examining the export-oriented policies that […] Read more


Some Advice For The Meat Industry

The real battle is for the hearts and minds of John Q. and Jill E. Public. And so far the industry has ended up with a black eye. If beef producers were to give advice to industry officials, what might they say? January is meeting month for agricultural producers, when industry officials and other experts […] Read more