Decision Tools

Farm Bill

  • Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan

    Published on June 27, 2022
    Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH (SPF), which is part of the USDA Farm Bill, is a program aimed at older adults, helping them incorporate more fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet.

  • MSU Farm Bill Analyzer 2022

    Published on January 19, 2022
    This spreadsheet is designed to help producers make the decision between the Farm Bill programs administered by USDA.

  • MSU Farm Bill Analyzer 2021

    Published on January 14, 2021
    This spreadsheet is designed to help producers make the decision between the Farm Bill programs administered by USDA.

  • ARC vs. PLC Calculator

    Published on September 1, 2019
    A decision tool to help decide between ARC and PLC by crop and farm. Contains built-in information from each county to help farmers make decisions for each individual farm for corn, wheat and soybeans.

  • 2018 Farm Bill Presentation: ARC vs. PLC

    Published on January 7, 2019
    A presentation explaining the differences between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage as defined in the 2018 Farm Bill.

  • Farm Bill Educational Sessions

    Making the Most of the 2018 Farm Bill Commodity Provisions is a statewide series of educational sessions conducted in cooperation with local Farm Service Agency offices.

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This is the front view of the land rent calculator main page.

Land Rent Calculator

April 14, 2021

This is an Excel tool designed to help producers consider the impact of land rent payments against their overall farm profits.

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Nutrient Management section of Fertilizer Cost Comparison Tool.

Fertilizer Cost Comparison Tool (Field Crops)

October 11, 2021

Decision tool for comparing fertilizer product costs used by field crops.

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Nutrient management page of fertilizer cost comparison tool.

Fertilizer Cost Comparison Tool (Forages)

October 29, 2021

A decision tool to help forage producers weigh through purchasing fertilizer products.

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Nutrient management page of fertilizer cost comparison tool.

Fertilizer Cost Comparison Tool (Vegetables)

November 2, 2021

A fertilizer cost comparison tool to help producers determine how to meet nutrient needs at the lowest possible cost.

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Nutrient management page of fertilizer cost comparison tool.

Fertilizer Cost Comparison Tool (Fruit)

August 26, 2022

A fertilizer cost comparison tool to help fruit producers determine how to meet nutrient needs at the lowest possible cost.

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Herbicide portion of Pesticide Cost Comparision Decision Tool

Pesticide Cost Comparision Decision Tool

October 13, 2022

The Pesticide Cost Comparison Decision Tool provides farm producers with an ability to consider integrated pest management strategies and product costs.

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Seed Selection Cost Comparison Decision Tool

October 13, 2022

The Seed Selection Cost Comparison Decision Tool provides farm producers with an ability to consider yield and economic returns of selecting seed products.

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Input Purchasing Plan Template (Word)

October 29, 2022

MS Word based template for use in creating an input purchasing plan

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Input Purchasing Plan Template (Excel)

October 29, 2022

MS Excel based template for use in creating an input purchasing plan.

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