19 episodes

AEI.ag presents provides in-depth analysis about key trends impacting the farm economy. Season 2:Corn Saves America...coming soon! Season 1:Escaping 1980; the farm crisis that was, and how we can avoid the next one.

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    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

AEI.ag presents provides in-depth analysis about key trends impacting the farm economy. Season 2:Corn Saves America...coming soon! Season 1:Escaping 1980; the farm crisis that was, and how we can avoid the next one.

    S2|Ep10 Corn Always Wins

    S2|Ep10 Corn Always Wins

    For the tenth and final episode, Sarah, Brent, and David reflect on the season and key lessons. From biases to mental models, it’s important to consider how our own thought processes can impact our conclusions about ethanol and shape our expectations about carbon.

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    • 54 min
    S2|Ep9 Does Ethanol Have a Future?

    S2|Ep9 Does Ethanol Have a Future?

    From policy to electric vehicles, the future of ethanol is arguable as uncertain as it has ever been. Have the seeds for ethanol’s demise already been sown, or is the outlook less dire than it initially seems?     
    In this episode, you’ll join Ag Economic Insights David Widmar and Brent Gloy, as well as economists, historians, policy advisors, and entrepreneurs as they share their perspectives on the birth of two environmental ag policies. 
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    • 52 min
    S2|Ep8 Shift Happens

    S2|Ep8 Shift Happens

    What happens when a demand shift pushes commodity prices and farm incomes higher? To answer this, we have to consider the short-run and long-run implications. Just as the challenges that ethanol faced evolved and shifted, so will the future of carbon and carbon markets.     
    This episode, you’ll join Ag Economic Insights David Widmar and Brent Gloy, as well as economists, historians, policy advisors, and entrepreneurs as they share their perspective on the birth of two environmental ag policies. 
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    • 1 hr
    S2|Ep7 Over Promised, Under Delivered

    S2|Ep7 Over Promised, Under Delivered

    Just as corn-based ethanol production was surging to fulfill the mandates of the 2007 RFS, enthusiasm began shifting to the new kid on the block: cellulosic ethanol. With the help of the government - including mandated usage- the even better renewable fuel made from switchgrass, corn stover, or other biomass feedstocks was just around the corner, or so we thought. This raises important questions for carbon markets, what happens if the technologies needed, despite the enthusiasm and investments, don’t materialize? 
    This episode, you’ll join Ag Economic Insights David Widmar and Brent Gloy, as well as economists, historians, policy advisors, and entrepreneurs as they share their perspective on the birth of two environmental ag policies.

    Learn more about becoming and AEI Premium subscriber at AEI.ag/premium.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S2|Ep6 Hitting the Wall

    S2|Ep6 Hitting the Wall

    The goals of every policy are eventually tested in the real world. For ethanol, the challenges came in the form of the “blend wall,” which effectively capped the growth of this formerly booming sector. Even the best-designed policies will struggle to navigate conditions that were uncertain or difficult to predict when legislation was passed. For carbon, detecting those potential limits on future growth are critical, and making sure our eyes are open to the possible pitfalls in terms of policy and market growth that might be on the horizon. 
    In this episode, you’ll join Ag Economic Insights David Widmar and Brent Gloy, as well as economists, historians, policy advisors, and entrepreneurs as they share their perspective on the birth of two environmental ag policies.
    Learn more about becoming and AEI Premium subscriber at AEI.ag/premium.

    • 56 min
    S2|Ep5 If You Build It, They Will Come

    S2|Ep5 If You Build It, They Will Come

    The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) bolstered the market for corn-based ethanol, but also fueled a frenzy to build ethanol plants. Proposed plants got larger, building costs jumped higher, and a surge of potential projects created a regulatory and construction logjam. But just as fast as the mania turned red hot, the prospects of an even better technology and the ripples of the Great Recession shuttered projects that were years into planning.       
    This episode, you’ll join Ag Economic Insights David Widmar and Brent Gloy, as well as economists, historians, policy advisors, and entrepreneurs as they share their perspective on the birth of two environmental ag policies. 
    Learn more about becoming and AEI Premium subscriber at AEI.ag/premium.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

wc8605 ,

Worth a listen

Very well done and easy to listen to podcast that explains the farm crisis of the 1980s.

Sugarrnuttzz ,

Interesting, Insightful, and Relevant

I myself am not a frequent podcast listener, but I thoroughly enjoyed Escaping 1980! Well edited, with fantastic insights from a trio of experts who keep the subject matter accessible without becoming reductive. Highly recommend listening, whether you’re passionate about agriculture, economics, history, or none of those things. It’s worth a listen.

nc shepherd ,

Essential listening for the ag world

We are still living in the long shadow of 1980, and this series is a fantasticly informative and surprisingly entertaining treatment of that period.

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