Cornhusker Economics

Cornhusker Economics: Tax Strategies with the New Section 199A

January 30, 2019
Among the many tax consequences of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, are those affected by Section 199A deduction. A good tax break for farmers, it changes incentives for farmer patrons to market through cooperatives.

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Avoid Family Trouble when Planning Farm/Ranch Succession

January 24, 2019
When looking at farm succession or transfer, sometimes recognizing the contribution of the sibling who stayed on the farm can be difficult for those who didn't. Good communication among family members is critical to a fair settlement. Here's one plan.

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Do We Need More Futures Contracts in Commodity Markets?

November 28, 2018
In light of the current global trade disputes, the CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, is reported to be considering launching a futures contract based on Brazilian soybeans. What could that mean for the market?

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Cornhusker Economics on Farm Programs, Payments and Prospects

October 24, 2018
An analysis of farm program payment rates with information on current programs and the outlook for future support.

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Cornhusker Economics: Using Partial Budgets to Examine Incremental Ag Business Changes

June 8, 2018
When considering business changes for your farm or ranch, focusing on a partial budget can help evaluate the financial effect of incremental changes without accounting for the entire farm budget. The story offers key points to consider and examples of how to apply them to your farm business.

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Cornhusker Economics Q&A on Ethanol Price Fight and Nebraska Ag

April 11, 2018

The petroleum industry has launched a fierce political fight against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the regulations that require renewable fuels such as ethanol to be blended into the motor fuel supply. The industry complains that meeting those requirements has become too expensive.

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Farm Program Payments and Projections for Nebraska

October 27, 2017
This week's Cornhusker Economics analyzes farm program payment rates, providing details on the current payments as well as the outlook for future support. As commodity prices have declined from pre-2014 levels, ARC and PLC have become important components of the farm income safety net. Early estimates indicate, however, that this could change next year.

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Multi-State Research Looks at Means for Optimizing Inputs to Enhance Profits

April 21, 2017
Six researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on the USDA-NIFA-funded Data Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) project. DIFM is based at the University of Illinois, and also involves the Universities of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois State. The overarching goal of the project is to collect production data after conducting large-scale, on-farm randomized input use field trials, and then using the information to inform growers of optimal input use practices to enhance their profits.

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