January 28, 2020

Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga: Discussion of Drought, Climate Change & Crop Insurance

On the Monday (October 15) edition of “Rewind,” from Bloomberg news, agricultural reporter Alan Bjerga provided an interesting perspective on the intersection of climate issues, production agriculture, and policy.

In part, Mr. Bjerga noted that the U.S. is undergoing an “expansion” of the corn belt due to technology and economic variables that has resulted in a “shfit” of the growing region for the feed grain that now extends north all the way to southern Canada.

The Bloomberg discussion moved to highlight potential policy implications of this development, and also included analysis from Ed Dempsey of Pension Partners, who elaborated on variables associated with biofuels.

Mr. Bjerga’s “takeaway” points from Monday’s discussion are noted in this PowerPoint slide:

To listen to the complete discussion with Mr. Bjerga and Ed Dempsey from Monday’s Bloomberg program, just click on the listen bar below:

The entire replay of Monday’s “Rewind” program is available below.


Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Biofuels

Farm Bill –Policy Issues, Political Notes

Andrew Lersten reported yesterday at The Herald Palladium (St. Joseph, Mich.) Online that, “U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said she is very proud of her work to try to pass the federal 2012 Farm Bill in the U.S. Senate this year.

“But at a speech at the Van Buren County Farm Bureau’s annual banquet in Lawrence on Monday night, she warned that her efforts will be meaningless if the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t pass the bill by year’s end.”

The article noted that, “She urged the Farm Bureau members to help convince the House to pass the bill.

“‘We’re kind of in limbo land right now,’ Stabenow said. ‘We need your help.’”