farmdocDaily Live | Coronavirus & Ag

April 08, 2020

NOTE - the video above includes a playlist. Use the menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of the video to see other webinars from the farmdoc Daily Live series.

farmdoc Daily LIVE
In this series of webinars, the University of Illinois farmdoc team discusses the impact and influence of COVID-19 on farmers and agriculture. 


The farmdoc Daily LIVE series will continue Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am central time.

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The following webinars may be found in the video playlist at the top of the page. The titles below are linked to the corresponding video and the slide set.

E1 | Coronavirus & Ag - Overview
The Farmdoc team led an overview of COVID-19 impacts on agriculture.  The stage was set by Scott Irwin with an overview of the COVID-19 and the economy.  Nick Paulson discussed consumer responses, Gary Schnitkey described supply chain concerns, Jonathan Coppess discuses policy actions, and Todd Hubbs described grain market concerns.

E2 | Lessons from Infectious Disease and Livestock
Jim Lowe, an expert in infectious diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, shares his perspectives on Coronavirus as it relates to the lessons already learned from the livestock sector. Recent important updates related to COVID-19 and agriculture were shared by Gary Schnitkey.

E3 | Financial Perspectives on Agriculture and Coronavirus
Nick Paulson, a farmdoc team member, will lead a discussion of COVID-19 concerns related to agricultural finance. Nathan Kauffman (Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive) and Cortney Cowley (Economist, Regional Affairs Department), from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will be guests and provide important perspectives. Any recent important updates related to COVID-19 and agriculture will be shared.

E4 | Global Transportation and Cash Flow Considerations
Ryan LeGrand from the US Grains Council will provide an update on movements of grain through the system. Gary Schnitkey will look at cash flow considerations for grain farms over the next several months.

E5 | Outlook and Farm Policy Moving Forward
USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson outlines the economic impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural to date and some of the programs in place to aid the sector, and University of Illinois Ag Policy Specialist Jonathan Coppess provides analysis of the policy provisions and process.

E6 | Acreage Decisions 2020
Todd Hubbs, ILLINOIS Extension Ag Economist Gary Schnitkey, ILLINOIS Extension Ag EconomistTodd Hubbs provides the latest outlook on acreage decisions for 2020. Gary Schnitkey examines the cash flow and management decisions associated with 2020 acreage shifts.

Coming up in the Series

Friday, April 10, 2020  
E7 | Impacts of Covid-19 on Agricultural Assets and Lending Markets
COVID-19 is affecting America’s farmers, ranchers, and landowners in numerous and varied ways. Join Jackson Takach, chief economist with Farmer Mac, and Bruce Sherrick, Professor and Director of the TIAA Center for Farmland Research and a farmdoc team member, as they explore the drivers and linkages between the global pandemic, the related economic stoppage, farm assets, and agricultural finance.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
E8 | Crop Supply Logistics this Spring
Scott Irwin will be joined by Jeff Bunting of FS Growmark to discuss crop input supply and logistics issues that may arise due to the coronavirus pandemic. Scott will provide a brief overview of recent grain market developments and Jeff will then provide an overview of crop input supply and logistic issues.

Friday, April 17, 2020  
E9 | Crop Production Management this Spring
...with ILLINOIS Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger and ILLINOIS Extension Farm Management Specialist Gary Schnitkey