Every year, farmers make tough decisions that affect everything they do until whatever crop or enterprise they select and whatever production practice, variety, tillage method or grazing option they choose plays out and they either reap the benefits of their choices or regret the decisions that got them into such a mess. This year decisions may be more difficult as producers examine a new farm program that represents a significant departure from previous agriculture legislation. To help farmers make sense of some of these new programs, some of the region’s most knowledgeable economists have joined forces to offer their best estimates of what’s in store for 2015. Here, Southwest Farm Press, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma State University Extension economists offer insight into what farmers and ranchers can expect as the year unfolds. They cover the farm bill, the general economic outlook, commodity and livestock updates and offer observations on where fertilizer and fuel prices are likely to go.