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Poor Farm Bill Timing; Losing Confidence; Authoritarian Mexico

Poor Farm Bill Timing Activists are writing up their list of wants in the 2023 farm bill and it contains the usual demands to shift support to small farms, organic and local. They want diversified small farms selling directly to consumers, cutting out large farms and agribusiness. They want the government to buy local, organic, and alternative proteins for its food assistance programs. Their supporters in the Congress recently noted that “There is currently a boom in the U.S. food market for alternative proteins produced from plants, from cultivated cells, or via fermentation.” So their proposal is to increase support for the industry.  University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana agricultural economist Carl Zulauf notes that...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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