Agricultural Policy Specialist Dr. Joe Outlaw and colleagues from the Agricultural and Food Policy Center provide periodic updates on current agricultural policy issues. Watch more videos on the AFPC’s Youtube Channel.
1. Farm Bill – 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Upland Cotton
The 2014 Farm Bill made significant changes to the safety net for upland cotton — Texas’ most important row crop. This video features Dr. Joe Outlaw, Extension Agricultural Policy Specialist discussing the changes and how they will likely impact impact cotton producers.
2. Farm Bill – Impact of Direct Elimination on Texas
The 2014 Farm Bill eliminated direct payments as the primary safety net for row crop producers and replaced them with choices that depend on price or production losses. In place since 1996, the amount of annual direct payments for the different crops has varied but recently they accounted for roughly $400 million per year for Texas crop producers. This video discusses the likely impacts on Texas producers and agricultural infrastructure resulting from this change.
3. Farm Bill – Overview of Commodity Program Producer Decisions
Producers and landowners are provided several sign-up choices in the government safety net they will have over the 2014 to 2018 period. This video discusses each of the decisions provided to producers along with important factors that should be taken into consideration.
4. Farm Bill – Payment Timing
This video discusses the impact on producers’ cash flows resulting from changes in payment timing in the 2014 Farm Bill. Regardless of choice of program, any payments due producers for low prices or incomes will not be made until after October 1st of the year following the crop harvest. This reality is not well known and producers are advised to consider these impacts on their operations.
5. Farm Bill – Who Is Responsible for Signup Decisions
Landowners and producers are each responsible for several sign-up decisions in the 2014 Farm Bill. This video features Dr. Joe Outlaw, Extension Agricultural Policy Specialist discussing the decisions that landowners and producers are each required to make.