Ag Policy

  • The Evolution of the U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry

    In a recent article in the Regional Economic Development publication of the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, the three primary phases of the U. S. Corn Ethanol industry were documented. These primary phases are: Birth – the events surrounding the oil shocks of the 1970’s from the OPEC price increases Development – The decline in […]

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  • Credit Squeeze is Hitting Farmers Now

    It seemed for several months that the credit squeeze was passing farmers by.  However, lately I have ready several acticles about the credit squeeze hitting farms and farmers now.  Frontier Bank in Colorado specialized in loaning to farmers and it went under a couple of months back.  Most of these farmers using the bank were […]

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  • Stimulus Package May Benefit the Ag Industry

    House Democrats proposed last week an $825 billion stimulus measure including $275 billion in tax breaks and $550 billion in spending that touches almost every area of the economy including agriculture. The bill included $245 million for the Farm Credit Service Agency to purchase a computer system to considered necessary to implement the 2008 Farm […]

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