Farm Management

Government Shutdown Delays FSA Lien Waiver

January 11, 2019
One consequence of the current federal government shutdown is that Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials are unable to cosign checks received by FSA borrowers for sales of crops and livestock.

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Chart of corn prices, PLC, and ARC price protection from 2004 and projected through 2022

Farm Programs, Payments, and Prospects

January 9, 2019
Barring significant market recovery or further trade assistance, producers will be managing for relatively low market prices and relatively little farm program support in 2019. This article from the 2019 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings outlines what to expect.

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Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics

Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics this January

December 12, 2018
Need a second opinion on an ag finance or ag law question? Schedule a free, one-on-one consultation at one of five sites this January.

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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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Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics this December

November 26, 2018
Schedule free, one-on-one ag law or ag financial consultations at one of these four sites in December.

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Farm Labor Rates for the Northern Plains

November 15, 2018
How does what you paid for harvest labor compare with what others in the Northern Plains Region paid during the October survey week. For 2018, the average was $15.49, up 7% from 2017. Laborers worked an average of 47.4 hours that week.

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2019 Nebraska Crop Income Projections

November 14, 2018
Try this three-step method to develop a crop income projection for 2019 based on average yield estimates, commodity price projections, and direct cost and overhead. The 2019 crop production budgets can be used as a guide.

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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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