The Use of Enterprise Units in Crop Insurance

The 2008 Farm bill provided for an alternative level of crop insurance subsidies for Enterprise Units relative to Basic and Optional Units.  As you can see in Table 1 the subsidy for enterprise units are sometimes as much as 20% … Continue reading

The Four Percent Rule of Crop Insurance

With a looming farm bill debate, crop insurance stands as the largest single component of the crop farm safety net.  The program provides risk protection from low yield or revenue in return for a premium that producers pay.  These premiums … Continue reading

Where have the Generic Acres Gone? Where will they go?

As the cotton industry asks for a new Title I program in the next Farm Bill, the question of what becomes of generic base becomes a central issue.  In this report, we summarize a USDA/FSA report summarizing the program crops … Continue reading

Sorting Through Big Ag Data Part 2

Many are concerned with the privacy issues associated with precision agriculture data. These are real concerns.  I have worked with private farm data all my career, but precision maps are a particularly difficult kind of data to protect as geo-referenced … Continue reading

Sorting Through Big Ag Data Part 1

Today, one of the biggest buzz phrases in agriculture is ‘big ag data.’  While precision agriculture has been around for some time, it’s important to recognize that the data produced by agricultural equipment, field sensors, and various other technologies may … Continue reading

Will farm programs be cut even before the next farm bill starts?

I had the privilege of serving as a chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during the last farm bill debate.  The cost of legislation was paramount with the mandated goal of reducing the Congressional … Continue reading

The ARC County Yield Problem – Not if, But When and Where

The county yields plugged into the Agricultural Risk Program (ARC) calculation have come under fire recently for perceived inaccuracy and varying dramatically across nearby counties.  I was there when the last farm bill was written, there were concerns about the … Continue reading

Regional Differences in Crop Insurance Base Rates

Base county rates reflect the starting point for crop insurance rates for an insured crop in a particular county.  A particular insured unit’s rate will be derived by adjusting the base county rate to reflect yield versus revenue coverage, coverage level, … Continue reading

The Food Safety Modernization Act and the Marketing of Fresh Produce

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has important implications for the marketing of fresh produce in the United States. Under FSMA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with crafting, implementing, and enforcing most of the rules that … Continue reading

A National Look at Crop Insurance Subsidy Per Acre

  Lots discussion of crop insurance subsidy these days.  Here is a breakdown of county average subsidy/acre in 2015.  The average for the county is a function of the crops grown in the county.  Generally highest values are in specialty … Continue reading