Economist’s Angle

Economist’s Angle: A Snapshot of U.S. Farm Operators

May 6, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist  Agricultural producers provide food, feed, fuel and fiber for the world. The United States is fortunate to have supply chains that reliably get products from the farm, process them ...


Economist’s Angle: Carbon Market Snapshot

April 6, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The following information provides a snapshot for crop producers of the carbon market landscape as of August 2021. Most of the current opportunities are for pilot projects and are ...


Economist’s Angle: Stepped Up Basis

April 1, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist Production agriculture is an asset-intensive sector. According to USDA Economic Research data, the projected five-year average return on assets (ROA) is 2.78%. For comparison, the median five-year average ROA ...


Economist’s Angle: A Rising Tide Doesn’t Lift All Barges: Limited Opportunities in The Market Rally

February 4, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The recent rally in the soybean market has been a welcome change. The average farm price for soybeans for the past five years is 27% lower than the five ...


Economist’s Angle: The Pillars of Agricultural Sustainability

January 7, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist Sustainability in agriculture is receiving increased focus. Phrases such as “climate smart agriculture” and “regenerative agriculture” relating to this idea have become new terms in the industry. While there ...

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