U.S. Debt Will Likely Become a Major Issue in Washington Feb 16, 2023

    🕔Feb 16, 2023
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned of a sharp deterioration in the federal budget and estimates the federal government will exhaust its ability to borrow more money and will be […]

    Foreign Carriers Offered Loophole to Leave U.S. Ports Without Goods, Despite Active Legislation Nov 10, 2022

    🕔Nov 10, 2022
    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) faced backlash from Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and other congressmen in a letter penned on Friday, stressing that foreign flagged ocean carriers […]

    Ag Policy: How Have Farm Bills Addressed Climate Change? Oct 1, 2022

    🕔Oct 1, 2022
    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 invested approximately $19 billion in farm bill conservation programs for conservation practices that address climate change.  In addition, USDA has announced nearly $3 billion […]

    2014 Farm Bill Voluntary Base Acre Reallocation – Cost Assessment Sep 27, 2022

    🕔Sep 27, 2022
    Base acres are an early discussion topic for the next farm bill. Current base acres date to the 2014 farm bill.  This farm bill gave farmers the option to keep […]

    Margin Protection: The “Elusive” Cost of Production Sep 27, 2022

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    🕔Sep 27, 2022
    In policy, definitions matter. As part of a forthcoming Farm Bill, Congress may consider changes to farm programs to incorporate margins, expected to be defined as the difference between a […]

    Farm Policy: A Historical Look at Discussions of Margin Protection Sep 22, 2022

    🕔Sep 22, 2022
    In April 1933, Senator George W. Norris (R-NE) argued that Congress should include a cost of production calculation in farm support policy.  His efforts were part of the debate for […]

    Ag Policy: The 2024 Farm Bill and Price Support Adjustments Jul 9, 2022

    🕔Jul 9, 2022
    The 1981 farm bill made a policy mistake that may inform the next farm bill.  It raised support prices under the assumption that high commodity prices and high inflation would […]

    2023 Farm Bill Could Top $1Trl, Funding to Remain Flat for Conservation/Climate Programs Jun 27, 2022

    🕔Jun 27, 2022
    Inflation and increased food costs are driving up the price tag for the 2023 Farm Bill above $1 trillion, according to American Farm Bureau Economist Shelby Myers. Myers was part […]

    Farm Bill Witnesses Urge Protection Improvements Amid High Input Costs Jun 21, 2022

    🕔Jun 21, 2022
    Eleven witnesses testifying at a Farm Bill field hearing in Arkansas sought stronger protections amid high production costs, as well as support for conservation measures, programs to increase broadband in […]

    Farm Bill: Environmental Issues and the Carrot or Stick Dilemma – Discussion Jun 20, 2022

    🕔Jun 20, 2022
    The scope of wildfires in New Mexico and reduced water availability for household and agricultural uses in both the Colorado River basin and California’s Central Valley provide clear examples of […]


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