Robert Tigner

Robert Tigner is an extension educator and agricultural economist for the West-central region in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Cornhusker Economics: Estimating a Fair Value for Standing Forage

Several things need to be considered when deciding what value to place on standing forage. Forage prices reflect current inventories, demand, expected current season production and associated yield risk, and quality characteristics. Standing forage can be harvested in a number of different ways which need to be considered when pricing it. Below, we provide a few general thoughts and questions concerning harvesting method and comparable feed value to consider when pricing standing forage.

Bales in golden field.

Equitable Farmland Cash Leasing

About 50% of Nebraska farmland is leased each year by crop producers from a wide variety of landowners. Equitable leasing agreements are those where landlord and tenant achieve their goals, acknowledging the needs of the other party, and employ practices to preserve the productivity of the land. The definition of equity may differ for each party though. Likely, each agreement will be different based on the needs and desired outcomes of the parties involved.

Pivot in field at sunset.

Grain Marketing 2020: Survival and COVID-19


Let’s state the obvious: this isn’t a typical year and we all know it. For farmers, it is a survival year. Why? And what might be done to make it through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic? This article will discuss how to build a marketing strategy to assure that the farm continues to the next crop year.

Planter in field.

CARES Act 2020: Unemployment Insurance and Farmers and Ranchers

Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, and members of the White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during the coronavirus update briefing Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks/Flickr - Public Domain)


Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia speaking at The White House.