The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.
The budget would make cuts to the crop insurance system, allocate more funds for agricultural research and fund a summer program to provides free meals to kids.
Some states base property tax rates on income potential. Others go by rental rates or recent land sales. However they’re calculated, the results are similar.
So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.
The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.
Bloomberg News released a study showing crop insurance claims have jumped 48 percent, but analysts remind the season isn't over yet.
The new farm bill includes three crop insurance options for farmers – this is the first time there's been more than one choice.
Some have complained that the government pays farmers not to farm. It’s actually a complicated program sought by sustainable agriculture advocates.
Crop insurance, which is heavily subsidized with public money, is meant to function as the main farm support program.
Farmers who switch from Roundup to Enlist will be nearly doubling the amount of chemicals they pour on their land.
A conversation about how food and alcohol have been depicted in American art with Judith Barter. Turkeys on the farm. Cranberry cocktail shake-up.
In bad years, higher premiums and higher payouts cost taxpayers more. When prices are lower and premiums are lower, the public is not out as much.
Demand can’t keep up with the jump in supply. Grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.
High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.
The U.S. House finally passed a version of the farm bill on Thursday, but environmental groups and watchdogs are not impressed.
Barbecue champion Chris Marks describes what makes a perfectly cooked pork rib, and food writer Lynn Schwartzberg gives tips for how to make that happen.
Even though lots of corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating because of drought, it’s not likely to drive many out of business. Most carry insurance.
The House Agriculture Committee began voting through proposed amendments today in the hope of getting the bill through the committee this week.
With corn prices up about 27 percent in the past month and no sign of rain in Midwestern states, dry weather could force food prices across the country to rise.
On Tuesday, the Senate began the process of voting on a list of 73 amendments to the Food, Agriculture and Jobs Act of 2012.