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October 25, 2021

Carving Out the Latest U.S. Pumpkin Production Data

According to the National Retail Federation, 44% of Americans plan to carve a pumpkin as part of their Halloween festivities this year. Have you ever wondered how far your Jack-o’-lantern might have traveled to reach your doorstep? This post explores key stats about pumpkin production in the United States and challenges facing the industry in […]

October 18, 2021

More Treats Than Tricks: The Farm Economy In 2021

There has been no shortage of worrisome news for agriculture throughout 2021: growing ending stocks, higher input prices, and tax reform, to name a few. But while there are many risks and uncertainties on the watchlist, it is important not to lose sight of an overall positive story. Strong Net Farm Income In early September, […]

October 11, 2021

Breaking Down 2021’s Higher Fertilizer Prices in Five Charts

We regularly write about fertilizer prices as this particular input accounts for a large share of variable production expenses. While the recent surge in fertilizer prices has been widely discussed, this week’s post breaks down the latest data to provide five insights. 1) From Lows to Highs Last year, we wrote that fertilizer prices were […]

October 4, 2021

Four Key Insights from the USDA’s Farm Income Estimates

Earlier this fall, the USDA released the latest estimates of farm income and financial data. The September data dump included updated production and prices data for 2021 but also improved the cost of production data for 2020. These releases always contain numerous charts and data – many of which we covered more extensively in the […]

September 27, 2021

Rural America and COVID-19 in 6 Charts

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom large, in nearly every aspect of our lives. Back in March 2020, we outlined a few key sources of uncertainty about the pandemic. The ongoing recovery efforts also landed at the top of our spring 2021 ag policy watchlist. The development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination marked a […]

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 […]