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2016 December 2
The Fed Cattle Exchange set the tone for last week’s cash fed cattle markets at $110-114, selling most of its 4,718-head offering. This was up $2-4 above the prior week’s sale range. By close of trade Thursday, almost 91,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week at $110- 115 live and $174-182 (average $175.


by USDA
2016 December 2
All U.S. states export some agricultural products to markets overseas. While the value of agricultural exports is relatively modest for states like Alaska, Rhode Island and New Hampshire (less than $100 million in 2015), many states rely on agricultural exports for a large share of their market revenue.


by USDA
2016 November 25
Many of the differences between rural and urban economies reflect differences in their industrial composition. While service industries account for the largest share of jobs and earnings in both rural and urban areas, rural areas are more dependent on manufacturing and industries producing primary goods—such as farming, forestry and mining.
by DTN
2016 November 25
Harvest 2016 isn’t officially over, but already predictions of a fourth and fifth consecutive year of grim commodity prices in 2017 and 2018 are putting a damper on agricultural lenders’ attitudes.
2016 November 25
“The forecast going into next year, I think, is bright as far as recovering some of our export markets,” Ross Wilson—President and CEO Texas Cattle Feeders Association— told audiences at the recent American Bankers Association’s Agricultural Bankers Conference, held in Indianapolis, IN.


2016 November 18
Total cattle imports from Canada and Mexico are down 19.8 percent yearover-year for the first 10 months of the year including a 13.9 percent decrease from Canada and 24.3 percent fewer cattle from Mexico compared to one year ago. Total cattle imports for the year-to-date include slaughter cattle which are up 10.
2016 November 18
On Wednesday, nearly all of the Fed Cattle Exchange’s +13,000-head offering sold from $103.25-108.25. The bulk of the trade was in the $106-108 region, up about $4 on both ends of the range from the prior week. This surprisingly strong trade set the tone for the rest of the week’s impressive cash fed cattle trade.


by USDA
2016 November 18
This is a relatively new phenomenon; historically, the public sector has led funding. From 1971 to the early 2000s, total public and total private R&D on food and agriculture followed each other closely.
by DTN
2016 November 11
Farm parents and their successors may need to reevaluate their previous expectations as cash flows shrink in this farm recession and proposed treasury regulations limit the use of family stock discounts, cautioned Rod Mauszycki, a Minneapolis-based tax principal for CliftonLarsonAllen.
by USDA
2016 November 11
In the contiguous 48 states, about 354 million acres (or 39 percent) of U.S. farmland were rented in 2014. Eighty percent of that rented land was owned by nonoperator landlords who are not actively engaged in a farm operation, while the remainder was rented from one farm operator to another.
2016 November 11
Very unusual feeder cattle markets have developed this fall. The calf and stocker market has been sharply divided from the market for heavy feeder cattle. The attached summary in Table 1 shows prices, values and value of gain for steer prices in Oklahoma in the past five weeks.
by USDA
2016 November 11
Midsize farms, those with gross cash farm income (GCFI) between $350,000 and $1 million, represent an important link in the chain of family farms. Many U.S. midsize farms start out as successful small commercial farms, and as many as 15 percent of today’s midsize farms will become tomorrow’s large farms.
2016 November 11
Third-quarter volume was 307,383 mt, the largest since the fourth quarter of 2014. For January through September, export volume was 8 percent above last year’s pace at 848,930 mt. September export value was up 17 percent from a year ago to $533.3 million.


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