Department of Agricultural Economics

John Beghin, new Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance
John Beghin, new Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance

UNL Ag Economics Names Chair of International Trade and Finance May 17, 2019

John Beghin has been named the Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance. An expert in international agriculture and food-markets economics, he is the former director of Iowa State University's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.

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Time to Submit Your Rental Rate and Land Value Questions May 16, 2019

Are you wondering about what's going to happen with agricultural land values and rental rates, given storm damage and market turmoil this spring. Submit your questions and join the second Agricultural Land Management Quarterly webinar for the answers this Monday, May 20.

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Graph of Nebraska Agriucltural Average All Land Values from 1978 to 2019

Average Ag Land Values Drop 3% from a Year Ago March 13, 2019

The market value of agricultural land in Nebraska declined by 3% over the prior year to an average of $2,650 per acre, according to the 2019 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey, released this week by the Department of Agricultural Economics. The annual survey covers ag land values and cash rental rates.

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The annual Women in Agriculture Conference offers business management training as well as opportunities to network with other producers and educators.
The annual Women in Agriculture Conference offers business management training as well as opportunities to network with other producers.

“Taking Charge Of Change” Focus of Women in Ag Conference January 24, 2019

Women producers looking to increase their business management skills are encouraged to attend the 2019 Women in Agriculture Conference Feb. 21-22 in Kearney. Conference and lodging scholarships are available and applications are due by Feb. 1.

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New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln includes Actual Production History when examining producer input use behavior related to crop insurance.

Ag Economists Study How Crop Insurance May Affect Input Decisions November 29, 2018

If producers are shielded from yield risk by crop insurance, does that affect their input use? New studies illustrate the role of actual production history and the dynamic nature of moral hazard in crop insurance.

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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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Multi-state map of counties showing agricultural value of irrigation water per acre ($/ac) in 2007.

Cornhusker Economics: Putting a Dollar Value on Irrigation in the High Plains November 14, 2018

The extra agricultural production from irrigation across the High Plains Aquifer (HPA) was worth about $3.5 billion in 2007, $2 billion of which was produced in Nebraska. This research analyzed annual crop production and weather information for 1960 to 2007 for each of the 205 counties overlying the HPA.

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Card promoting the 2019 Crop Budgets

Nebraska Crop Production Budgets for 2019 November 14, 2018

The Nebraska Crop Production Budgets have been revised and updated for 2019 with 78 budgets covering different management systems for 15 crops. The largest cost increases from 2018 were for nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers.

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