The Perspectives of two Agricultrual Economists

How Big? A Look at the Size of Beef Operations in the U.S.

The most discussed trend in U.S. agriculture is likely the declining number of U.S. farmers and ranchers. This trend, combined with ever-growing global demand – has set the wheels into motion for U.S. farming and ranching operations to become larger over time. This post evaluates the distribution of U.S. beef operations by size.

  • Posted On August 21, 2017

Farm Sector Debt Continues Higher

Debt has always played a key role in capital intensive U.S. agricultural system.  At times, such as the farm crisis of the 1980’s, too much debt has been problematic.   However, most often it has been a useful tool that has allowed a massive substitution of capital for labor to take place. 

  • Posted On August 7, 2017

Trends in Global Soybean Production

As 2017 got underway, the question on everyone mind was if U.S. soybean acres would exceed corn acres. While this didn’t happen, the stage was set by more favorable prices and budget returns for soybeans. Given soybeans more favorable position for U.S. producers in recent years, we step back to review the global soybean production trends.

  • Posted On July 24, 2017
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