Daryll Ray

Hunger report: Hits and misses
As a part of the change from one administration to another and in response to the 2008 food price crisis which led to
Grain reserve issue: what effect would it have on corn prices?
Recent columns suggesting the need for a corn reserve generated some response on the part of readers some for and some
Brazilians race for first ASR-tolerant soybean
In February, Daryll Ray and Harwood Schaffer were a part of a research/study tour led by Robert Wisner, professor at
Whodunit? Subsidies may not be prime suspect
One of the most gripping story lines of recent years is the one in which after a crime is committed, law enforcement
Eliminate LDPs and corn prices would jump
With the Brazilian cotton case looming large over WTO agricultural negotiations and thus over U.S. farm bill
Policy premise correct three times a century
As I review some of the current agricultural policy discussion, I am reminded of the old riddle I first heard as a
Freedom to Farm: Root of current problems
The need for the U.S. to completely dismantle its farm program is one of the ideas being spread at this time by think
Ag policy analysis: Eliminating commodity programs cuts net farm income 25 percent
The structure of the 2007 farm bill has engendered a lot of discussion at most of the meetings I have attended this
Canada and BSE not rocket science
The decision by USDA to reopen the U.S. border with Canada to live cattle imports on March 7, 2005, continues to
Will states take charge of commodity policy?
Recently I came across an interesting report titled, A Consideration of the Devolution of Federal Agricultural Policy.
Senate revives debate on Mississippi locks, dams
A recent Senate committee's approval of legislation that authorizes the upgrading of the Mississippi River lock and dam
USDA preliminary BSE test result: announcement or leak?
On June 25, the USDA announced that a beef animal had an inconclusive result on the commonly used BSE screening test
Have U.S. farmland prices peaked?
A thoughtful letter from a reader got me thinking about land prices. Given the number of issues that face agriculture,
Commentary: China: Will they or won’t they?
One of the perennial unanswered questions in agricultural trade is, “What are China’s intentions?” Will China become a
Commentary: When is $318 billion not $318 billion?
From time to time, I read an article that says "developed countries spend more than $318 billion annually to subsidize
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