Each year, soybean growers rely on the predictability of the farm safety net provided in the multi-year farm bill. They invest in crop insurance as an affordable and effective risk management tool to prepare for times of crop loss. Farmers turn to Congress for relief in times of unexpected economic disasters that accompany global pandemics or trade retaliation.
Okay, maybe Houston is not the permanent home of the American Soybean Association, but it is for three glorious days during the 2024 Commodity Classic, “New Frontiers in Agriculture!” As you pack for Houston and plan your 2024 Commodity Classic schedule, we hope you’ll take note of some of the various opportunities to engage with... Keep Reading
ASA Survey Shows Herbicide Strategy Compliance Difficult for Farmers
February 8, 2024
Scott Gerlt, PhD and Kyle Kunkler The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed several pesticide registration plans that could significantly affect farmers’ abilities to utilize herbicides. EPA is responsible for approving registrations on pesticides in the United States and has consistently been found by courts to have not properly evaluated the registrations’ effects on endangered species.... Keep Reading
Title I Adjustments Could Enhance Effectiveness of the Farm Safety Net: Part II
September 7, 2023
By Scott Gerlt • ASA Chief Economist The agricultural safety net programs are intended to help producers remain solvent during adverse conditions. Title I of the farm bill contains programs in particular that are designed to mitigate structural risk. The 2019 crop year provided a stress test for the soybean sector as a trade war... Keep Reading