Brad Lubben

Brad Lubben is an extension policy specialist and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

USDA Assists Socially Disadvantaged Producers

This article was first published by Nebraska Farmer on June 3, 2021 and is excerpted here with permission.

In May, USDA began implementation of farm debt relief and other assistance for socially disadvantaged producers as authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was approved by Congress and President Joe Biden in March.

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Farm Income and the Safety Net in 2021

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A Look at Beef Policy Issues

This article was first published by Nebraska Farmer on April 21, 2021 and is excerpted here with permission.

Cultivating scholars and leaders for agriculture's future is a central tenet of so many of the University of Nebraska’s educational programs and efforts. Helping future leaders to understand production agriculture, the broader agribusiness sector and the numerous policy issues affecting agriculture also is a priority.

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Insights Into Changing Ag Policy Priorities

This column was first published by Nebraska Farmer on March 12, 2021. A preview is excerpted here with permission from Nebraska Farmer/Farm Progress.

The first 100 days of a new president’s term are often looked at as the window for setting the policy agenda for the administration. While the 100-day mark may be an artificial deadline, it certainly provides a picture of the administration’s priorities.

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Insights into Safety Net Programs and Decisions

This article was first published by Nebraska Farmer on Feb. 5, 2021.

In early 2021, producers may be looking to a new growing season and cropping decisions ahead with more anticipation, given the recent rally in many commodity prices. However, there are still numerous management and program decisions to make to help address risk and establish a safety net to protect the year ahead.

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CRP and How Corn Prices Affect Enrollment Trends

This article was published online by Nebraska Farmer on Jan. 8, 2021.

The USDA Farm Service Agency is rolling out a new round of Conservation Reserve Program sign-up in early 2021. The competitive general sign-up for CRP runs from Jan. 4 to Feb. 12, while the relatively new CRP Grasslands program holds its competitive sign-up from March 15 to April 23.

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New Ag Policy Directions for 2021

This article was published online by Nebraska Farmer on Dec. 4, 2020

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Cornhusker Economics: Risk Management Needs and Challenges for Agriculture

This article was published in Cornhusker Economics on Aug. 12, 2020

Farmers and ranchers must continually manage risk in their operations to be successful. But the amount of risks and challenges they have faced over the past few months and years seems almost unprecedented. From financial challenges to production and market shocks to public health scares and policy developments, agriculture has had to respond and adapt to a wide range of issues.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Livestock Producers

Farm and Ranch Management and the Nebraska FSA will hold a webinar on CFAP, and what Nebraska producers need to know, at noon CDT on June 4. Register.

Congress and the president have approved multiple phases of COVID-19 assistance to date including the $2.3 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act passed in March that provides financial support for agricultural producers as a small part of the overall relief.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Crop Producers

Farm and Ranch Management and the Nebraska FSA will hold a webinar on CFAP, and what Nebraska producers need to know, at noon CDT on June 4. Register.

Congress and the president have approved multiple phases of COVID-19 assistance to date including the $2.3 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act passed in March that provides financial support for agricultural producers as a small part of the overall relief.

Aerial view of bins on farm.