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Gathering Preliminary Data

FAPRI provides early analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural markets in the U.S.

The U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook is prepared annually by economists with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and MU Agricultural Markets and Policy (AMAP) and is updated each August. FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff said the report gives policymakers, farmers, agribusinesses and the public an overview of the state of the U.S. farm economy. The market projections it contains can…

Farm Economy Outlook Depends on New Trade Agreements, Evolution of Disease Outbreaks

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) releases annual U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook report

The outlook for the United States farm economy depends on the implementation of new trade agreements and the evolution of animal and human disease outbreaks, according to the latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri. While net farm income increases in 2020, under a baseline assumption of continued trade friction with China, other indicators…

FAPRI Releases U.S. Baseline Outlook Report Update

Several factors have disrupted agricultural markets in 2019

Excessive spring rain, trade disputes and African swine fever have disrupted agricultural markets in 2019. Despite reduced 2019 United States corn and soybean production prospects, prices for many commodities are under downward pressure because of the many factors that have weakened demand. Economists with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and the MU Agricultural Markets and Policy (AMAP) team release…

Pressure on Farm Finances Appears Likely to Continue

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) releases annual U.S. Baseline Outlook report

Pressure on farm finances appears likely to continue according to the latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri. While the analysis shows a projected net farm income increase in 2019, farm income remains below the average of 2014-17. Longer-term projections suggest little change in real net farm income over the next decade, resulting in…

Capital Gain

CAFNR graduate begins new journey as USDA chief of staff

These days, it’s not easy to catch Karla Thieman. As the newly appointed chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the days of Thieman (pronounced TEE-man) include meeting with outside stakeholders, working directly with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the budget and dealing with any personnel issues that come up for a federal agency that employs more than 99,000…

Projection 2014

Good for cattle, not so good for crop producers, FAPRI estimates

Grain prices and crop producer income dropped sharply in 2013 and will probably remain there in 2014, while prices for cattle will continue record levels.

Farm Savings Ahead?

FAPRI analysis of ag bills indicate program cost reductions

Two pending legislative bills could save $16 billion to $18 billion over 10 years

Safeguarding History

Pat Westhoff and Elena Vega work to restore the famous Guitar Mansion

At the beginning of February 2011, blizzard-like conditions set in as a snowstorm blanketed much of central Missouri with nearly two feet of snow. Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and professor of agricultural and applied economics, and his wife, Elena Vega, had just moved into their Columbia home and waited out the storm. “With all…

What-If Farming

Online tool is an interactive budgeting resource

An online tool to help young farmers build projected budgets for their operations has been developed by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.

From a Few Acres to a Few Continents

FAPRI Director Pat Westhoff's small farm roots guide his global outreach in agricultural policy

When Pat Westhoff boarded the plane to fly from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Guatemala, it wasn’t just his first out-of-country trip—it was his first plane ride. Westhoff, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at MU and a professor in department of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), grew…