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“Healthy” Food Slows Ag Approps

Last Friday, WPI reported on the status of the appropriations process; Congress has until Friday of this week to pass four appropriations bills, including the one funding agriculture and other agencies. If funding lapses, agencies like USDA will be unable to open on Monday 4 March. House Speake...

Policy Quick Hits

Appropriations Deadline The initial deadline for avoiding a government shutdown is one week from today, 1 March.  By that time, Congress needs to pass four appropriations bills, including the agriculture appropriations, as well as the energy and water, military construction and transportat...

Cost of Deception; Trade and Politics; Political Constituencies

Cost of Deception President Joe Biden like other politicians thought he made a clever calculation when he recent;ly blamed food processors for inflation in the sector. As he scorned, “The American public is tired of being played for suckers…I’ve had enough of what they call s...

biofuel

A Look at Low Carbon Feedstock for Biofuels

At the end of this year the existing biofuel tax credit expires and will be replaced with the new Clean Fuel Production Credit (CFPC) included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. Those credits which are expiring include the on-again, off-again biodiesel blenders’ tax credit (BTC...

International Agency Capture; Running Out of Crap; Vilsack Shines

International Agency Capture Regulatory capture occurs when a policymaker or regulator is co-opted to serve the interests of a minor constituency. That capture has now occurred to two international agencies, the WTO and the IEA. The WTO is dysfunctional because it has been recast as a developme...

More Subsidies for Scale; APEP Trade; African Humor

More Subsidies for Scale The Biden Administration blames large meat packers for higher consumer prices. Its solution has been to subsidize the startup of small meat packers with grants (Value-Added Producer Grants) and loans. The program has been a smashing success. Over the past year the avera...

Farm Bill Lacks Gravitas; Paying for Change

Farm Bill Lacks Gravitas Farmer protests appear to be exploding everywhere. Of course, in Europe where it is part of the profession. But in India as well where farmers are demanding higher minimum support process. Farmers in the U.S. also want higher guarantees for farm income. Commodity prices...

Farmer/Green Divide

The recent policy reversal in Europe on environmental obligations for farmers is not being welcomed by everyone. Greenpeace warns that excluding farms from emission reductions will ultimately hurt farmers as their crops fail under the burden of climate change. They are also warning that farmers...

Crop Program and Crop Insurance Timeline

USDA sets the crop insurance price guarantees based on the average settlement for December corn futures and November soybean futures during the month of February. Farmers can at least lock in those prices at 75 to 85 percent coverage and can purchase buy-up harvest price coverage. The harvest p...

The Ashes of EU’s Greens; Redefining Consensus

The Ashes of EU’s Greens There is a lot of finger-pointing in Brussels over responsibility for originally drafting the Green Deal/Farm to Fork debacle, and now its withdrawal. The political nature of the whole exercise was illustrated by EU President Ursula von der Leyen’s rationale...

Dicamba Ruling and Impact on 2024 Soybeans

As Gary Blumenthal reported in yesterday’s Market Commentary, a federal district court ruled that U.S. EPA erred when it approved dicamba.   The court ruled EPA made a procedural error in issuing 2020 dicamba registrations for over-the-top (OTT) use on dicamba-tolerant crops bec...

livestock

Livestock Roundup: Prop 12 Discussions and Court Ruling on Massachusetts Q3

The agriculture commissioners and secretaries from the 50 states were in town this week for a meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and met with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. In remarks to the state officials, Vilsack discussed California’s Prop...

“Healthy” Food Slows Ag Approps

Last Friday, WPI reported on the status of the appropriations process; Congress has until Friday of this week to pass four appropriations bills, including the one funding agriculture and other agencies. If funding lapses, agencies like USDA will be unable to open on Monday 4 March. House Speake...

Policy Quick Hits

Appropriations Deadline The initial deadline for avoiding a government shutdown is one week from today, 1 March.  By that time, Congress needs to pass four appropriations bills, including the agriculture appropriations, as well as the energy and water, military construction and transportat...

Cost of Deception; Trade and Politics; Political Constituencies

Cost of Deception President Joe Biden like other politicians thought he made a clever calculation when he recent;ly blamed food processors for inflation in the sector. As he scorned, “The American public is tired of being played for suckers…I’ve had enough of what they call s...

biofuel

A Look at Low Carbon Feedstock for Biofuels

At the end of this year the existing biofuel tax credit expires and will be replaced with the new Clean Fuel Production Credit (CFPC) included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022. Those credits which are expiring include the on-again, off-again biodiesel blenders’ tax credit (BTC...

International Agency Capture; Running Out of Crap; Vilsack Shines

International Agency Capture Regulatory capture occurs when a policymaker or regulator is co-opted to serve the interests of a minor constituency. That capture has now occurred to two international agencies, the WTO and the IEA. The WTO is dysfunctional because it has been recast as a developme...

More Subsidies for Scale; APEP Trade; African Humor

More Subsidies for Scale The Biden Administration blames large meat packers for higher consumer prices. Its solution has been to subsidize the startup of small meat packers with grants (Value-Added Producer Grants) and loans. The program has been a smashing success. Over the past year the avera...

Farm Bill Lacks Gravitas; Paying for Change

Farm Bill Lacks Gravitas Farmer protests appear to be exploding everywhere. Of course, in Europe where it is part of the profession. But in India as well where farmers are demanding higher minimum support process. Farmers in the U.S. also want higher guarantees for farm income. Commodity prices...

Farmer/Green Divide

The recent policy reversal in Europe on environmental obligations for farmers is not being welcomed by everyone. Greenpeace warns that excluding farms from emission reductions will ultimately hurt farmers as their crops fail under the burden of climate change. They are also warning that farmers...

Crop Program and Crop Insurance Timeline

USDA sets the crop insurance price guarantees based on the average settlement for December corn futures and November soybean futures during the month of February. Farmers can at least lock in those prices at 75 to 85 percent coverage and can purchase buy-up harvest price coverage. The harvest p...

The Ashes of EU’s Greens; Redefining Consensus

The Ashes of EU’s Greens There is a lot of finger-pointing in Brussels over responsibility for originally drafting the Green Deal/Farm to Fork debacle, and now its withdrawal. The political nature of the whole exercise was illustrated by EU President Ursula von der Leyen’s rationale...

Dicamba Ruling and Impact on 2024 Soybeans

As Gary Blumenthal reported in yesterday’s Market Commentary, a federal district court ruled that U.S. EPA erred when it approved dicamba.   The court ruled EPA made a procedural error in issuing 2020 dicamba registrations for over-the-top (OTT) use on dicamba-tolerant crops bec...

livestock

Livestock Roundup: Prop 12 Discussions and Court Ruling on Massachusetts Q3

The agriculture commissioners and secretaries from the 50 states were in town this week for a meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and met with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. In remarks to the state officials, Vilsack discussed California’s Prop...

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