Author: Farm Policy Facts

Equipment Sales Show Optimism Tied to Policy Promises [COMMENTARY]

Weak commodity prices continue to hurt farms and hamper growth in rural economies, but new industry reports show some signs of improvement in agriculture, fueled by discussions over federal tax and regulatory reform, and increasing sales as farmers replace aging equipment. Policy experts are hopeful the momentum will continue, especially if Congress makes sound decisions regarding farm policy, which provides a foundation for the rural economy. But, there’s still a long way to go. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index remained below growth neutral, according to its May report. The index, released on May 18, was 44.6. Anything above 50...

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It’s Called a Farm Bill For a Reason [COMMENTARY]

Celebrity chefs are much ado about the farm bill these days making the rounds on Capitol Hill, according to a recent story in The Washington Post. As a side note, we wish The Washington Post and other news outlets would cover farmers when they are visiting their Congressional representatives. The chefs’ first order of business is to hold a march in Washington for food. “We had the Million Woman March, we had the Million Man March. How many people could we get out there marching for food,” Andrew Zimmern of the show Bizarre Foods is quoted as saying. After...

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