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Trying to Reason with History and Policy in a Time of Crisis

We are a nation convulsed by great pain. Out of the coronavirus pandemic more than 40 million Americans have lost jobs and, as of June 4, 2020, a devastating 107,171 Americans were reported to have died from the disease it…

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Managing Corn Tar Spot in 2020

It’s early in the season, but before we know it, corn will be chest high and we will be thinking about if in season management is needed. Last year I mentioned that you should “avoid the cosmic freakout” around tar…

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Prevent Plant 2020

Some Illinois corn acres are still unplanted due to wet weather. The final plant date for crop insurance has passed for extreme southern Illinois (May 28) and is rapidly approaching for the rest of Illinois (June 5). After the final…

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Seasonal Price Rally in Soybeans

Typically, November soybean futures prices see a bit of a rally in June. Hopes grew recently for a similar rally this year. The potential for any such price movement rests on the 2020 crop and export prospects.

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Making CFAP Applications for Grain Farms

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide payments to producers of agricultural commodities suffering losses due to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 control measures. Herein, we discuss the CFAP application process, building on general information provided in a May 22,…

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Contemporaneous Perspective on US Federal Debt

Congress has authorized $2.7 trillion in spending to address health and economic issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Government assistance is clearly warranted based on experiences in other sharp market contractions, including the 2008 Great Recession. However, the US has…

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Latest Farm Policy News Articles

Phase One Trade Deal Progress: USTR Feels “Very Good”

Earlier this week, Bloomberg News reported that, “American soybean exporters sold several cargoes to Chinese state-run buyers, according to people familiar with the matter, showing that some transactions are still going through even after officials in Beijing ordered a pause…

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FY 2020 U.S. Agricultural Exports Forecast Lowered

Last week, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, a quarterly report examining U.S. agricultural trade.

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Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- May 2020

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its May 2020 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the U.S. agricultural economy.

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Phase One Purchases Behind Schedule, as China Halts Some U.S. Farm Imports

David J. Lynch and Emily Rauhala reported on the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post that, “President Trump on Friday leveled an extraordinary broadside at the Chinese government, accusing it of a comprehensive ‘pattern of misconduct’ and ordering U.S. officials…

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COVID-19 Impacts on Livestock Markets Persist, While Fed Says Ag Sector “Under Severe Stress”

Recent news articles continue to highlight the ripple effects COVID-19 is having on some aspects of the U.S. livestock market.  Meanwhile, the minutes from the Fed’s April meeting noted that, “The agricultural sector was under severe stress due to falling…

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China Reiterates Pledge to Implement Phase One Agreement

Bloomberg News reported yesterday that, “China reiterated a pledge to implement the first phase of its trade deal with the U.S. despite setbacks from the coronavirus outbreak, and as tensions escalate between the world’s two biggest economies.”

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