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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.
2016 November 11
The dust is settling on Election 2016, but the issues that motivated Americans to vote are not going away. International trade in particular was a big campaign issue for President-elect Donald Trump. Some have argued his positions on the issue helped rural America rally around him.


2016 November 11
The cash fed cattle trade was— relatively speaking—very slow to develop last week. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, just under 21,000 head had been confirmed sold with most of that volume selling on Wednesday. Half of that volume was attributable to the Fed Cattle Exchange, which sold almost 11,000 head of its nearly 13,000 offered head.


2016 November 4
“Some extra homework needs to be done this year to ensure profitability, explains Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “With the forecast for low cattle and crop prices to continue for one year or more, taking time to compare the advantages and disadvantages of raising replacements vs.
by DTN
2016 November 4
Generally, if a 1040 has a business loss that drives the return into negative territory, the net operating loss can be carried back two years (i.e., a 2016 tax loss carries first to 2014, then forward to 2015, and if large enough, onward to 2017, etc.). But if the loss arises from a farming business, a special five-year carryback applies.
2016 November 4
By close of trade Thursday afternoon, over 53,000 head had been confirmed sold. Prices reported on Thursday—$102-105 live and $162-164 dressed—maintained the recent trend of the Fed Cattle Exchange setting the high for the week.




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