“It Could Be Worse. It’s Not the 1980s” Podcast

Episode 117 of Wheat All About It! features Randy Fortenbery, Professor and Small Grains Endowed Chair as well as the holder of the Thomas B. Mick chair in agricultural economics at Washington State University, who finds rays of hope even in the midst of a wheat market downturn.

Join Scott Yates, director of Communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission in, It Could Be Worse. It’s not the 1980s. In this episode, Randy doesn’t sugarcoat the current economic malaise either, noting that farm income is significantly lower than it was just four years ago. Not to mention the cost of production rose in 2018 for almost all crop inputs. In this context, Fortenbery evaluates on-going trade discussions and how they might affect the market.

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View Randy’s slideshow presentation on the Washington Grain Commission Facebook post mentioned in the episode.

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