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First Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference By: 11/19/2014 @ 1:17pm

At a recent conference in Des Moines, Iowa, the Farmer Veteran Coalition brought together stakeholders from the government, private sectors, and educational institutions…

Regional Resources for Farmer Veterans By: 11/19/2014 @ 1:09pm

“I have not had the kind of trauma, stresses, or the experiences many of our veterans have had,” says Krysta Harden…

Q&A: Al Franken, Senator & Former SNL Writer By: 04/14/2015 @ 3:03pm

The creator of the Saturday Night Live self-help guru Stuart Smalley is becoming a big presence in his second term as a…

Farm Bill SCO: More Useful Than Raising Coverage? By: 01/29/2015 @ 12:09pm

As if figuring out new farm commodity programs isn’t complicated enough, the 2014 Farm Bill offers a new crop insurance endorsement, the supplemental coverage option (SCO), that you may be able to add to…

Building an ARC By: 12/16/2014 @ 11:16am

When the Agricultural Act of 2014 became law last February, the Farm Bill’s new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program seemed best in the Corn Belt. ARC is a revenue program tied to rolling averages of a…

Farm Program Choices: Treat Symptoms Or Address Causes? By: 12/03/2014 @ 10:30am

When it comes to developing policy prescriptions to deal with the dynamic of long periods of low prices interrupted by much shorter periods of high prices, two approaches are possible: one approach provides…

ARC vs. PLC: Avoid Sign-Up Angst By: 11/21/2014 @ 4:43pm

This month kicks off training sessions for farm program choices in many states in the Corn Belt and Great Plains.Already, a virtual army of economists and Extension staffers have deployed multiple online…

Brazilian Presidential Election 'Less Negative' For Agriculture By: 10/26/2014 @ 11:00pm

Brazilians went to the polls Sunday and reelected incumbent Dilma Roussef in a tight race with less than 4% of margin. Roussef will stay four more years as the president of the largest country of Latin…

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