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The Policy Toolbox includes an online tool giving estimates of Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments.  An Excel spreadsheet provided scenario analysis and yield updating options.  YouTube videos describe commodity title alternatives and provide advice on choosing between the alternatives.  Written articles describe alternatives and provide advice for choosing between the alternatives.

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Production Controls & Set Aside Acreage Discussion, Part IV: Reviewing PIK Policies

In reviewing set aside acreage policy, previous articles focused on world crop markets and, in particular, the issues concerning effectiveness of the policy for corn and soybeans. This article adds to the series by focusing on the Payment-in-Kind (PIK) programs…

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Gardner Policy Series: Farm Bill

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Production Controls & Set Aside Acres, Part 1: Reviewing History

Low prices, trade conflict and a global pandemic are producing a potential perfect storm of problems for the farm economy that a flood of federal payments is unlikely to address. Whispered comments and quietly tentative questions about production controls and…

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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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Would Commodity Title Choices Change Given COVID-19?

The Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 control measures have resulted in dramatically lower commodity prices, leading to questions about whether commodity program selections would be different after COVID-19. Herein we present an analysis of Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk…

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Gardner Policy Series: Trade

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IFES 2019: Trade, MFP, and Policy Directions

A variety of trade actions undertaken by the Trump Administration have resulted in retaliation from various U.S. trading partners. Tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural goods have negatively impacted export levels and commodity prices. To address these trade damages, the Administration…

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Notes on Trade Balances and Currency Values – the Case of Argentina

In the last few years, there has been a hot debate about how important it is for a country to be open to trade. As a result of the recent trade war between China and the United States, there is…

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Farmdoc 20 Year Retrospective on Agricultural Trade (In Chart Form)

For some of us, 1999 doesn’t feel like it was that long ago.  We were two years into the Asian financial crisis, and commodity prices were in the dumps.  We were watching the release of the Matrix, living la vida…

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Gardner Policy Series: Conservation & Other

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The Conservation Question, Part 8: Interregnum and Acres

At first glance, the demise of the Soil Bank appears to have caused a break in the development of conservation policy for more than two decades; a seeming interregnum. Upon a closer look at the acres planted to the major…

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The Conservation Question, Part 7: Losing the Soil Bank

The Soil Bank was enacted as part of the Agricultural Act of 1956 but it struggled, caught in the regional battle over policy and the post-war technological revolution. The Soil Bank was signed into law in late May, 1956; implementation…

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The Conservation Question, Part 6: Development of the Soil Bank

Going into election year 1956, surpluses of the major commodities had piled up, prices remained depressed (at least compared to costs) and the politics around farm policy had become more contentious. President Eisenhower was on the ballot and Congressional Republicans…

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