1. THE FARM BILL AND THE WESTERN HAY INDUSTRY
pdf of presentation slides: aic.ucdavis.edu/publications/2017AlfalfaANDForage.pdf
video: http://lecture.ucanr.edu/Mediasite/Play/1d3a5333d9744d7ca739ae21b668a6e51d
Daniel A.Sumner and William A. Matthews
– Leaders of Agriculture Committees in Congress say the new farm bill is coming in early 2018 (They seldom do what they say, but maybe this time.)
–  Commodity focus on higher subsidy rates and new subsidies for cotton and dairy
–  Crop insurance and insurance-style programs have emerged as central
–  But hay gets none of this! So why does it matter to a western hay and forage crowd?

2. THE DRIVERS OF WESTERN HAY AND FORAGE EXPORTS
pdf of presentation slides: aic.ucdavis.edu/publications/Farm bill and Hay 2017.pdf
video: http://lecture.ucanr.edu/Mediasite/Play/dcc78ef86d6e482d89b440ecdb6cc0131d
William A. Matthews and Daniel A. Sumner
–  The export of Western-produced forage crops has increased over the past decade, with volume of exports increasing by 86 percent from 2007 to 2017.
–  Continued growth in Western exports depends on:
–  Western production of hay and other forage
–  Domestic demand for hay and other forage
–  Export growth also depends on:
Forage demand in foreign markets.
Forage supply from foreign suppliers
–  This presentation reviews the available data and economic factors driving the export markets