Economist’s Angle

Economist’s Angle: The June Acreage Report That Moved Too Little

July 1, 2021

By Scott Gerlt  • ASA Economist The March prospective plantings report provided a surprise to the market with fewer soybean and corn acres than expected. After that surprise, all eyes turned to USDA’s first report ...


Economist’s Angle: MAP & FMD

June 3, 2021

The value of agricultural exports when adjusted for inflation has approximately doubled in the past 30 years. While there are many reasons for this increase, research has shown that part of it can be attributed ...


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 ...

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