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World Food Prices will become a Big 2014 Story $

World Food Prices will become a Big 2014 Story  $

TranSystems ran a story yesterday on the global food situation – which is expected to get markedly worse because of environmental impacts from drought and flooding in key producer markets…

Agriculture Sector Remains Elevated $

Agriculture Sector Remains Elevated  $

The agriculture sector has been strong since the beginning of the year as we have mentioned. A number of factors have played a role in the price appreciation that we…

Pork Industry in Trouble $

Pork Industry in Trouble  $

There isn’t a tremendous amount of discussion of this story except in the farming circles. But, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has killed between 4-5 million piglets in the United…

Food Commodities on the Edge of Major Inflation Surge

Food Commodities on the Edge of Major Inflation Surge

This is shaping up to be the year when all the travails in the agricultural world start to catch up with the commodities markets. There has been an unrelenting series…

El-Nino Return? Strength of Which Could Determine our Near Future $

El-Nino Return? Strength of Which Could Determine our Near Future  $

Could El Nino usher in the next World War?  Could it force the next recession? Those sound like crazy statements – but they aren’t that far-fetched – especially if you…

It’s all Perspective – Cropland in California $

It’s all Perspective – Cropland in California  $

First, the cropland and farming sector in California is critical to the overall health of the farming community in the United States. Here are a few stats about California’s crop…

Grain Markets Really Struggling $

Grain Markets Really Struggling  $

Farmers are going to have a tough 2014 if this trend continues. Look at the GSCI chart at right concerning the price of key agricultural commodities. We can see in…

Surprisingly, Cattle Herds Continue to Decline $

Surprisingly, Cattle Herds Continue to Decline  $

The national cattle herd size is contracting still and it remains smaller than we have seen in decades. That may not seem like a big deal to most of you,…

Tyson to Stop Buying Zilmax Fed Beef, Meat prices Surge $

Tyson to Stop Buying Zilmax Fed Beef, Meat prices Surge  $

Approximately 60-80 percent of all production cattle in the United States are fed a supplement called Zilmax – and Tyson foods said last night that it would stop buying cattle…

Corn Silking Generally Below Normal Average $

Corn Silking Generally Below Normal Average  $

Taking a look at the biggest corn production markets in the country, late planting of corn has led to delays in silking (pollination). Without the silking on corn, it won’t…

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