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USDA cooking the books

How can anyone put any faith in the numbers when they keep changing the numbers from last year! Shouldnt we know what the old crop carryout is gonna be? Pretty easy to keep that information hush hush until we got a big crop coming then slip it in, where it wont change the market much. Can you say Manipulating the market!!! So done with it.
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Senior Contributor

Re: USDA cooking the books

Couldnt agree more.....im afraid the government wants cheap food again. Farmers have had a few good years and now its back to the same old low prices of the last three decades. 

I think the old saying of the 70's will ring true very soon which was.... " give me nixon and $5 wheat i promise not to piss it away this time! " lol

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Veteran Contributor

Re: USDA cooking the books

Something else to chew on. Wouldn't you think that a firm # would be in place for the 2014 ARC/PLC payment??? End of averaging period was 8/31/15. We Know what yields were for 2014??? Or do we?? Word is NASS is redoing their yields for each county. + or -, you decide. FSA employees have directive not to say anything with regard to the payment. Boys we have been lead willingly to the slaughter. Highest turn out ever for a program signup. Says alot about how "independant" we really are.

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Senior Advisor

Re: USDA cooking the books

I've been saying this for years.

Go back and look at the annual jan report and compare YOY numbers. The report has 3 years worth of info and if you compare back to previous years it changes

I have found changes in acres. I have found changes in yield. And all these changes are hush hush. Some go back 2 years

As for the farm program. If it wasn't for crop insurance I wouldn't be in it. I will receive zero 2014 ARC/PLC payments. Hard to say for 2015 but I'm betting zero too. Unfortunately to get reasonable crop insurance you gotta play their game
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Veteran Advisor

Re: USDA cooking the books

Are you saying that your participation in the crop insurance program (MPCI) requires you to participate in other parts of the farm program (ARC/PLC)?

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Honored Advisor

Re: USDA cooking the books

Not sure but I do think participation in the conservation elements of the program are required to qualify for the federal crop insurance....

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Senior Advisor

Re: USDA cooking the books

I'm not sure you can avoid the FSA office and still get subsidized crop insurance.
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Senior Advisor

Re: USDA cooking the books

You signed an FSA form.

If you are going to sign one you might as well sign all.
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