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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…

On Call for the Drought

CAFNR experts work to alleviate drought effects, help farmers prepare for next season

The drought and its effects on agriculture have been at the forefront of public discussion this season. In July, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared all of Missouri’s 114 counties primary natural disaster areas. Some parts of the state have experienced the hottest temperatures and driest conditions in the last 118 years. While temperatures have cooled and parts of the…

Two Versions

FAPRI report compares Senate and House farm bills

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri has posted a report, Impacts of Selected Provisions of the House Agriculture Committee and Senate Farm Bills, which compares key provisions of the House Committee and Senate farm bills.

A Very Good Year

But farm exports could stumble in 2012

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, American agriculture last year stood as a shining example of growth.

Is ACRE a good deal for farmers? Ask the spreadsheet at FAPRI

There’s good news and bad news regarding the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. The good news is that the federal program may provide enrolled farmers a safety net against unexpected losses in revenue. The bad news is that farmers must commit to joining the program that requires complicated computations to see if ACRE is of real benefit.