APACAgricultural Policy Analysis Center - Weekly Column

updated 04/16/2021


Policy Pennings Weekly Agricultural Policy Column

Originally published in MidAmerica Farmer Grower 
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April 2021

  1. Public universities are not as “public” as they used to be
  2. April 16, 2021 #1072
  3. Controversy surrounds the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act
  4. April 9, 2021 #1071
  5. The six-decade trend in US cotton exports is more like soybeans than corn or wheat but
    per acre profitability tumbled
  6. April 2, 2021 #1070

March 2021

  1. Average US wheat exports peaked in decade of the 1980s and have declined each decade since
  2. March 26, 2021 #1069
  3. US soybean production growth hasn’t matched, nor can it match, that of Brazil
  4. March 19, 2021 #1068
  5. Corn exports over the last six decades—promise vs performance
  6. March 12, 2021 #1067
  7. High prices cure high prices
  8. March 5, 2021 #1066

February 2021

  1. Arguments for raising the minimum wage rate and commodity loan rates greatly overlap
  2. February 26, 2021 #1065
  3. Physical sciences are mathematically precise; Social sciences like economics are not
  4. February 19, 2021 #1064
  5. Farm and nutrition programs belong together
  6. February 12, 2021 #1063
  7. The production, marketing and consumption of agricultural products are noticeably distinctive
  8. February 5, 2021 #1062

January 2021

  1. Without widespread acceptance of vaccines, COVID-19 will become a game of Whack-A-Mole
  2. January 22, 2021 #1061
  3. Latest dietary guidelines differ by life stage
  4. January 15, 2021 #1060
  5. Tom Vilsack to be nominated to return as Secretary of Agriculture
  6. January 8, 2021 #1059