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2016 March 14
In 1990-1996, the last complete herd expansion in the beef industry, the beef cow herd increased about 2.9 million head, from 32.5 million head in 1990 to 35.3 million head in 1996. This included one year of expansion of 3.


by USDA
2016 March 14
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing—where producers engage with consumers face-to-face at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on-farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements (CSAs)—brings benefits for consumers as well as the farm businesses.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report held few changes for meat and poultry, but attention was on the grain ending stocks and world supplies. The report was called neutral on the domestic side and bullish on the world stage by DTN Analyst, Todd Hultman.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
But Canada’s cattle herd is not growing much, a new USDA report—United States and Canadian Cattle and Sheep, released last Tuesday—shows. Whereas the number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2016 grew 3 percent to 91.99 million head, the Canadian herd grew very slightly, from 11.


2016 March 11
As with the prior week’s market, last week’s cash fed cattle market dallied and put off relevant sale volume until Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, not even 5,000 head had sold throughout the week, posting no trade trends that could be compared to the prior week’s $132-136 live and $210-214 dressed prices.

2016 March 4
The cash fed cattle market was exceptionally dead last week, with not even 2,000 head being confirmed sold by end of day Thursday. The prior week saw slow sales pushed off until Friday, with prices eventually coming out to $137- 140 live and $208-214.


2016 February 29
Mexico has exported feeder cattle to the U.S. for more than a century and continues to do so today. After increasing in the mid-1980s, U.S. imports of Mexican cattle have averaged 1.08 million head for the last 30 years. In the most recent 10 years, the average has been slightly higher at 1.
by USDA
2016 February 29
Over the last decade, retail food price inflation in the United States has bounced around a bit, with yearly price increases ranging from 0.3 to 6.4 percent. In 2007 and 2008, grocery store prices rose 4.2 and 6.4 percent, respectively—well above the 20-year annual average increase of 2.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
While the average retail price of beef has declined, the share of the consumer beef dollar going to producers has increased. In January, ranchers received 50 cents of every consumer dollar spent on beef. This is the highest that portion has been since August of 2015, when it was 52 cents on the dollar.


by DTN
2016 February 29
I have my own health insurance and pay the premiums with my own after-tax dollars. I thought I could deduct the premiums on line 29 of my 1040, but am now told that the premiums must be run through the LLC and counted as guaranteed payment income to me from the LLC.


by USDA
2016 February 29
The average age of principal operators in the latest Census of Agriculture (2012) was 58 and has been greater than 50 since the 1959 census. That farmers are older, on average, than other self-employed workers is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and they can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
“These facts combine to support that we are in a transition phase, going from placements below year-ago levels to placements above yearago levels. Of course if there is a large shift in market fundamentals such as a short corn crop; these expected dynamics will change.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Complete beef trade data for 2015 was released recently in the USDA Economic Research Service’s Livestock and Meat International Trade Data series. Not surprisingly, imports of beef and veal into the U.S.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
lose a lot of farms and ranches; roughly 20,000 to be specific. However, these losses were all hobby farms and easily made up by increases in the number of larger farms. Possibly more pressing however, is the loss of 1 million acres in farm and ranch land.


2016 February 29
The Purdue Comparative Decision Support matrix, known as PCDS, includes a spreadsheet tool that allows users to create an operating budget based on their own fixed and variable costs, cash flow and expected revenue. The PCDS2 profit/loss analysis function uses cost and price information to calculate potential earnings.


2016 February 26
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, though it is unclear if that was because packers were holding out on the hope of declining prices or because they just didn’t need cattle last week. By last Thursday afternoon, not even 6,500 head had been confirmed for the whole week.


by USDA
2016 February 22
In 2016, payments to stakeholders are forecast to increase by $3.3 billion (4.8 percent), while net value added is forecast to rise by 1.3 percent. Net value added represents the sum of economic returns to all the providers of factors of production.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Agricultural exports support job growth in the U.S., and the number of jobs depends on the type of products exported. In calendar year 2014, $150 billion in U.S. agricultural exports supported an estimated 1,132,000 full-time civilian jobs, up from the 1,095,000 agricultural export-related jobs the previous year.