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by WLJ
2015 June 26
Historically small U.S. cattle inventory continues to support high beef prices in 2015, but at least in the short term, increasing imports of processing beef (especially from Australia) and heavy carcass weights have helped moderate some of the price pressures.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
The variation in the percent of total expenses represented by individual expenses across different types of farms reflects how specialized U.S. agriculture has become.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
At 468.56 million pounds of beef in storage, beef stores were up 24 percent compared to last year, but down 3 percent from the prior month. The buildup was entirely credited to increased supplies of boneless beef, most of it likely from Australia given the still-favorable import environment.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
The Agricultural Act of 2014 gradually reduces the cap on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from 32 million acres to 24 million acres by 2017. CRP acreage declined 34 percent since 2007, falling from 36.8 million acres to 24.2 million by April 2015.


2015 June 19
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to conduct monetary policy. Beginning with the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, Congress has delegated this authority to the Federal Reserve (Fed). Congress has provided the Fed with a dual mandate: price stability and maximum employment.


by DTN
2015 June 19
“Growers have the newest fleet of equipment in the last 40 years. They can run without high repair bills,” notes Wade Litton, General Manager of Wade Inc., a John Deere dealership with 11 locations in the Mississippi Delta. Well-tooled operations combined with an abrupt collapse in grain farm incomes and uncertainty over Sec.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released last Wednesday, altered estimates for beef production and trade. The result is a mostly mixed situation compared to pork and chicken. Estimates on corn production and supply changed only slightly.


2015 June 12
Cash fed cattle trade was again at a snail’s pace last week as packers hoped for—and again likely missed—an opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. By the close of trade on Thursday, not even 4,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though volumes were too low to establish a trend, live cattle sold for $155 and dressed for $246, steady with the prior week.


2015 June 12
Seasonally, this is a time of year when the cash price for calves finishes its increasing pattern. The summer sales volume tends to be low and prices tend to be more volatile. In recent weeks the price level has risen back to near $300 per cwt., just shy of last fall’s record price level.


2015 June 12
A charitable remainder trust (CRT) enables a family selling a farm or ranch to avoid tax on the sale of their land, livestock and equipment and generate lifetime income for retirement. In addition to saving taxes and generating a lifetime income, a CRT provides several other benefits:.


by WLJ
2015 June 12
If an estate has a value greater than the exemption amount ($5.34 million in 2014), it must file a return. An estimated 2.7 percent of farm estates would be required to file an estate tax return in 2014, with about 0.8 percent of estates owing any federal estate tax.


2015 June 5
Last week, packers and feedlots had a standoff on cash fed trade. Early week indications suggested futures prices would decline sharply—mostly due to concerns over poor seasonal demand and declining wholesale beef prices—prompting packers to hold off and possibly buy fewer cattle.


by WLJ
2015 June 5
April exports of U.S. pork reached the largest monthly volume in more than a year, while U.S. beef exports remained on a record value pace through April, according to data released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) last week.


by DTN
2015 June 5
For too many, planning means a focus on next week’s activities. However, when it comes to income taxes, the perspective needs to be long-term. Today’s tax rate system is insanely complex (by design, but that’s a topic for another day). The hazard is not merely a more steeply graduated rate system; it’s also the layering of additional taxes (the 3.


2015 June 5
“Net Return” is the gross return of CDs or the S&P 500 adjusted for inflation. While stocks incur more risk, CDs offer a fixed rate of return, and the interest and principal on CDs will generally be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000.


2015 May 29
Cash trade was slow to develop during the holiday-shortened week last week, and early expectations were for a steady to lower trade compared to the prior week’s $159-161 live and $250-253 dressed prices. As of close of trade last Thursday, 967 head had been confirmed sold with volumes too low to establish the week’s price trend.


2015 May 22
The markets may well be on the precipice before the fall, or they could have some good times ahead. It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it all depends on the consumer at the meat counter. How much beef are they willing to buy for the traditionally best beef demand period of the year, and how much are they willing to pay for it?.




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