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2nd Quarter 2013 | 28(2)

THEME 1: Transitions in Agriculture

2nd Quarter 2013: Theme 1
Theme Issue Overview: Transitions in Agriculture Shannon L. Ferrell
Drivers of Agricultural Transition
Derrell Peel, Damona Doye, and Mary Ahearn
Retired Farmer - An Elusive Concept
Joy Kirkpatrick
The Policy and Legal Environment for Farm Transitions Shannon L. Ferrell, Michael D. Boehlje, and Rodney Jones
Agriculture, the Tax Code, and Potential Tax Reform James M. Williamson
Credit Markets and Land Ownership for Young and Beginning Farmers Nathan S. Kauffman
Social Forces and Cultural Factors Influencing Farm Transition Shoshanah Inwood

THEME 2: The Eurozone Crisis and its Implications for Agriculture in Selected Regions of the World

2nd Quarter 2013: Theme 2
Theme Issue Overview: The Eurozone Crisis and its Implications for Agriculture in Selected Regions of the World Evert Van der Sluis
A Broad Economic Overview of the Eurozone Crisis
Evert Van der Sluis and Maria Parlinska
What the Eurozone Problem Means for U.S. Agricultural Exportse
Mathew Shane and Terry Roe
Exposure of EU Farmers to the Financial Crisis Martin Petrick and Mathias Kloss
Implications of the Eurozone Crisis for Agriculture in the Europe and Central Asia Economies in Transition William H. Meyers and Kateryna Goychuk

SUBMITTED ARTICLES

Behind the Collapse of MF Global Paul E. Peterson
IRS Tax Rules and Native American Producers: One Size Does Not Fit All Ruby Ward, Trent Teegerstrom, and Joseph G. Hiller
The Changing Landscape of Northern Great Plains Wheat Markets Anton Bekkerman
Lack of Information Is the Root of U.S. Foodborne Illness Risk Tanya Roberts
Agricultural Conservation & Environmental Programs: The Challenge of Data-Driven Conservation Otto C. Doering, Douglas J. Lawrence, and J. Douglas Helms
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Agricultural Policy Briefs provide analyses of current public policy issues of importance to agriculture. They are released periodically as national or state policy issues arise.
Measuring Indirect Land Use Change with Biofuels: Implications for Policy (March 18, 2011)
Biofuels have gained increasing attention as an alternative to fossil fuels. The three main motivations for increasing biofuel production include: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, decreasing reliance on foreign oil, and stimulating rural development. More...
Could a Variable Ethanol Blenders' Tax Credit Work? (October 5, 2010)
The U.S. biofuels industry is the recipient of a number of economic incentives from the federal and various state governments. For the ethanol industry, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) is the major federal tax incentive that supports the use of ethanol. Known more popularly as the “ethanol blenders' credit,” this incentive has been widely debated in recent months for several reasons. More...
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Provides a complete explanation of the ACRE program (Doug Yoder, Illinois Farm Bureau)
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ACRE Election and Enrollment (available until June 15, 2010)
Provides a complete description of the ACRE election and signup process (Stan Wilson, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
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FAST Tools
  ACRE Comparison Program
This program compares payments under ACRE and Traditional commodity program options available in the 2008 Farm Bill.
ACRE Payment Estimator
This program allows the user to estimate ACRE Payments.
Farm Economics Facts and Opinions
  Estimated 2009 and 2010 ACRE Payments (April 2010)
For 2009, state ACRE payments in Illinois are estimated at $27 per acre for corn, $0 for soybeans, and $90 for wheat. For 2010, state ACRE payments are estimated at $41 per acre for corn, $14 for soybeans, and $33 for wheat.
  ACRE Payment Estimates: Release of FAST ACRE Payment Estimator (December 2010)
A new Microsoft Excel spreadsheet has been developed to estimate the amount of Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments a farm will receive for the 2009 crop.
  Crop Priority in ACRE (September 2010)
Farmers who signed up for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) can change their crop priority by September 30. Priorty will matter only to farms where planted acres times 1.2 exceeds total base acres.
  ACRE Will Likely Pay More than the Traditional Alternative for Receiving Farm Commodity Payments (September 2010)
Based on historical experience for corn, soybean, and wheat acres in Illinois, the ACRE program is expected to generate payments that exceed the direct payments given up to enroll in the program over time. The chance of ACRE payments being triggered for corn, soybeans, and wheat in 2009 is projected to be higher than average.
Historical Analysis of ACRE (July 2009)
We conducted an historical analysis of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program using data from 1977 through 2007. This analysis provides indications of: the frequency of ACRE payments, the size of ACRE payments, and the frequency farm triggers are met.
Five-Year Olympic Average Yields and ACRE (April 2009)
Five-year Olympic average yields will enter into the calculation of eligibility and amount of payments received under Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE), an option made available in the 2008 Farm Bill for receiving commodity program payments
The ACRE Program Decision and Some Illustrative Examples (February 2009)
A fundamental change in commodity title programs in the 2008 Farm Bill resulted in the creation of the new Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).
Questions and Answers About the ACRE Provision of the 2008 Farm Bill (January 2009)
This document describes the ACRE program, a choice farmers have for receiving Federal farm commodity payments. This document describes the ACRE program, a choice farmers have for receiving Federal farm commodity payments.
 
 
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Corn-Based Ethanol in Illinois and the U.S.: A Report from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois (November 2007)
The U.S. ethanol boom – what are the causes, attendant effects on Illinois and U.S. agriculture, and alternative futures? These are some of the issues addressed in this report from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois.
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