Thu Oct 31, 2013 06:34 PM CDT Millions of policyholders have been put on notice. Their existing health insurance will be terminated Jan. 1 because they aren't compliant with federal standards under the Affordable Care Act. Farm families have options.
Mon Oct 21, 2013 04:58 PM CDT A Ranchers Relief Fund and sympathetic lenders can ease strain after South Dakota's Atlas Blizzard. But without the equivalent of crop insurance, cattlemen need Congress to pass disaster aid.
Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:43 PM CDT You'll need to consider three pieces in your risk protection package after the farm bill's passage--a basic revenue feature in the commodity title, maximum conventional crop insurance for your disaster risk and an SCO-policy on top to cover "shallow' losses.
Tue Oct 8, 2013 09:16 PM CDT Corn growers with high levels of insurance and below average yields are likely to trigger crop insurance claims in 2013. But government shutdowns pose bottlenecks and cashflow issues for companies.
Thu Oct 3, 2013 04:17 PM CDT Monsanto paid almost as much for tiny Climate Corp. as ACE paid for the jewel in the crown of the crop insurance business. The seed giant sees the value in crop forecasting, not the insurance market.
Mon Aug 19, 2013 09:51 AM CDT Most farmers have put decisions on 2014 health care on the back burner--until they know more about how the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer options materialize. When researching DTN's recent series "Health Care Countdown," DTN Contributing Editor Elizabeth Williams and I even found quite a few corn and soybean farmers who don't yet believe the government will implement mandatory insurance coverage starting Jan.
Fri Aug 9, 2013 04:55 PM CDT Soybeans have a place on Midwest farms, but they have been far less profitable than corn in many operations since 2008, studies by the financial consulting firm AgriSolutions show. Based on actual client records of more than 100 farms from 13 Corn Belt states, "corn wins in a good year, it wins in an average year, it wins in a dry year, now in 2013 we can see if it wins in a wet year," said Sam Bachman, an analyst at the Brighton, Ill.
Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:39 PM CDT About 400 ag economists and business leaders assembled at the Kansas City Federal Reserve last week to assess agriculture's global future. It was rare to find a bull among the crowd of bears (see related story, "Get Plan B Ready" in Farm Business).
Fri Jun 28, 2013 05:03 PM CDT After the humbling 195-234 farm bill defeat on the floor of the U.S. House last week, anguished ag groups are encouraging their members to contact their representatives to press for another chance at passage.