Farm Bill implementation one year in

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It’s been a year since the 2014 Farm Bill began to be implemented and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s been a great undertaking. Farmers joined him on a call with reporters to talk about how the new Farm Bill provisions have helped them. Ben LaCross is a grower in northern Michigan whose cherry crop,… Read more »

Concern over budget crop insurance cuts

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President Obama’s proposal to cut crop insurance in his 2016 budget does not sit well with ag leaders on Capitol Hill. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says the president’s budget would cut the very tool farmers and ranchers need. In explaining the ag budget, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Monday the proposal will… Read more »

Grappling with farm program decisions

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Dr. James Richardson is co-director of the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and one of the co-authors of A&M’s on-line farm program calculator. Richardson tells Brownfield that the beauty of the 2014 farm bill is that it allows producers to customize the farm program to their own operations.  But with that… Read more »

Economist: No easy answers on reallocation decision

The first step in the sign-up process for the new farm program involves updating FSA payment yields and reallocating crop base acres. Dr. James Richardson, the author of Texas A&M’s on-line farm program calculator, says the reallocation decision is one that many producers are wrestling with. “There’s a formula that you can reallocate your potential… Read more »

Vilsack: “New era in conservation”

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The USDA has launched a new conservation program that involves a regional, partnership approach. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it is unprecedented… “This is indeed a new era in conservation and I think it marks a significant opportunity in this country to significantly increase investment in conservation and obtain the benefits of better soil health,… Read more »

UNL to host farm bill computer workshop

The author of the Texas A&M farm bill computer program, Dr. James Richardson, will be one of the presenters at a Farm Bill Decision Aid computer workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 14th. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator Randy Pryor, who is based in Saline County, is helping coordinate the workshop. “I’m really excited about… Read more »

ARC or PLC?

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Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been busy the past six weeks making presentations to farmers on how to navigate choices in the new farm bill.  At the recent Nebraska Soybean Day in Wahoo, we asked Lubben if that decision-making process is any clearer now than it was just a… Read more »

More food for thought on the new farm programs

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Most farmers have begun the process of analyzing the new farm programs, trying to decide which options will work best for them. At the recent Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting, we discussed those new programs with Dave Miller, director of research and commodity services for Iowa Farm Bureau. Miller says there are three basic questions… Read more »

Selecting the correct safety net option

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As farmers begin to make decisions on their safety net programs, a crop insurance specialist says there are a number of things to consider.  Before selecting the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage program, Erik Swanson, crop underwriting manager for Country Financial says farmers need to research which option works best for them.  

Understanding the safety net options

As farmers begin to make decisions on their safety net programs, a crop insurance specialist says there are a number of things to consider.  Before selecting the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage program, Eric Swanson, crop underwriting manager for Country Financial says farmers need to research which option works best for them.  “Both… Read more »