Weekly Insights

September 20, 2021

CRP, CRP, Where Art Thou Acres?

Launched in the depths of the 1980s Farm Financial Crisis, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a long-running cornerstone of farm bill programs. Initially implemented to primarily curtail burdensome ending stocks – and after years of ad hoc programs that idled more than 70 million acres annually – the goal of CRP was to create […]

September 13, 2021

How Does Wildfire Affect U.S. Agriculture?

Fire Season in 2021 Wildfire is now a fact of life in the West. If it feels like wildfire season has gotten longer, you’re not wrong. What was once a four-month fire season now lasts six to eight months. And wildfires are getting increasingly hot and hard to manage. This year has been no exception. […]

August 30, 2021

Farmland: The Pendulum Swings

By Brent Gloy and David Widmar —– This article is a condensed “What We Are Thinking About (WWATA) Memo” that was published earlier on AEI Premium (Read the full-length memo, start a free trial, or learn more). —– Purdue University’s latest survey on farmland values found top-quality Indiana farmland values 14% higher. The latest data […]

August 23, 2021

On Pace for a Record? Reviewing China’s Agriculture Purchases in 2021

China’s Cumulative Ag Purchases China’s pace of purchases continues to be faster than anything seen in recent years – and it’s not just soybeans. Over the last nine months, the United States set an all-time record for agricultural exports to China. Last year, China got off to a sluggish start before kicking its purchases into […]

August 16, 2021

Sizing Up China’s Pork Buying Spree

China Pork Trade in 2021 One of the biggest trade stories out of China has been its recent record-setting pork imports. The primary driver for the uptick in activity comes as no surprise: African Swine Fever (ASF). After the first case was confirmed in August 2018, China’s domestic pork production has been severely affected in […]

August 9, 2021

Bread and Butter: A Look Back at Consumer Trends During the Pandemic

The impact of the pandemic on human behavior can be measured in many ways, including in loaves of bread and sticks of butter. These two examples illustrate how we changed the way we shopped for food, and the types of foods we chose to make at home, during a truly unprecedented year. Flour Production in […]