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Farm Bill Highlights

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Within a day of signing the 2018 Farm Bill, a government shutdown went into effect. Questions swirled as to how the farm legislation would be implemented and when, of course. Once the government opened back up, Farm Service Agencies were behind the eight ball to get producers informed and signed up for programs. By then, producers were starting to make ... Read More »

Better Late Than Never

Amanda Huber, Editor

Just as I was about to wrap up this issue of Corn South, work on the Farm Bill began again in earnest. Within a couple of days, the Farm Bill had passed out of both the House and the Senate and was headed to the President’s desk for signing. “America’s farmers and ranchers are weathering the fifth year of severe ... Read More »

Expect Higher Input Costs

Amanda Huber, Editor

International trade is a critical part of the agriculture industry, but U.S. producers have become an unwitting subject in the recent trade-off of tariff increases between China and the United States. Because of that, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension economist Scott Stiles is keeping producers up to date on input prices that could affect crop selection for next ... Read More »

Positive Signs

Although corn prices are increasing ever so slightly, ag economists forecast that the U.S. corn acreage is likely to decrease again in 2018. With Congress passing the supplemental disaster bill that restores cotton’s eligibility for Title I ARC/PLC programs from the Farm Bill, coupled with the improvement in cotton prices, the decrease in corn and increase in cotton seems all ... Read More »

Need Strong Usage, Export Markets

Amanda Huber, Editor

This was another year of record crop production in corn. But as usual, a big crop means that producers can expect lower prices the next year. That is the message from ag economists across the country, including Clemson agricultural economists Nathan Smith and Scott Mickey. At the recent 2018 Ag Outlook Conference, Smith said, “Prices have dropped because of a ... Read More »

One Gutsy Extension Agent

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Summer gardens here on the farm have rows as long as some of your corn rows, if not longer. Peas from A to Z, (White) Acres to Zippers, are planted and the bounty fills the freezers of many families, including mine. Because of the size of this garden, it tends to be moved around a lot from the edges of ... Read More »

Calm down, Chicken Little

Well, isn’t this an interesting turn of events — that’s what I said to my parents when I stopped by their house the morning after Election Day. Over our respective cups of coffee, we shared stories about election night, what time we’d gone to bed, when we had heard it called, and so on. At my age, I’ve been through ... Read More »