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Weekend reads: Busy week for Vilsack

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4 stories from Farm Futures this week that you may want to read again or for the first time.

You made it to the weekend. Have a little more time to read? Here's four stories from Farm Futures this week that go well with lingering on the sun porch enjoying the early spring sunshine.

Despite President Joe Biden’s calls for unity and declarations he will be a president for all Americans including Trump voters, farmers are clearly uneasy about the next four years. Our survey shows nearly nine of every 10 farmers believe taxes will go up under a Biden administration. Another 71% believe WOTUS will be overturned. Only 22% believe markets will stabilize with a new trade strategy. And four of every five farmers believe there will be less government ad hoc funds going to agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attempted to comfort farmers who are worried about four years with President Joe Biden in a Commodity Classic virtual speech.

Vilsack also made a virtual appearance at the virtual National Farmers Union convention this week. NFU President Rob Larew looked back on the year since he first took the helm of the organization and looked forward to what may be ahead in farm policy with a change in administration.

And as the snow melts and thoughts turn to planting, we've put together a list of links to 2021 crop budgets from Land Grant Universities across the corn belt, to make it easier for you to forecast your own cost and expected revenue projections. Several of these links also include downloadable excel tools so you can customize budgets for your own operatio


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