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by USDA
2016 February 22
Canada and Mexico are the two largest sources of U.S. agricultural imports and account for about one-third of the total value, while the combined value of imports from the countries that comprise the European Union roughly equal the value of imports from Canada.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Cash receipts across all commodities are expected to fall by nearly $9.6 billion in 2016. As in 2015, this decline largely reflects falling commodity prices rather than changes in production, which are lower for a broad set of agricultural commodities in 2016 relative to recent years.


by DTN
2016 February 22
The outlook for ag credit conditions deteriorated sharply in late 2015, based on a fourth-quarter survey by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Bankers expected a surge of farm loan demand and loan renewals and the steepest drop in repayment rates in the last decade, the survey found.


by USDA
2016 February 22
Animal/animal product cash receipts increased by 43.8 percent in real terms from 2005 to 2014, but are estimated to have declined by 12.5 percent in 2015 and are expected to fall an additional 4.3 percent in 2016 (to $181.4 billion) in nominal terms.


by USDA
2016 February 22
The new Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) programs, introduced in the 2014 farm bill, are expected to account for almost two-thirds of direct payments to farm operations. Payments under both of these programs are contingent on a producer’s prior enrollment of “base” acreage and prevailing conditions.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
According to the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, estimated beef production for 2015 was lowered by 10 million pounds (mp) to 23.76 billion pounds (bp). This number is likely to shift slightly for the next few months as 2015 data is completed and assessed, but large changes are not likely.


2016 February 12
U.S. beef exports were below year-ago levels in December 2015 (most recent data) and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
by USDA
2016 February 12
Net cash farm income and net farm income are two popular, but distinct, measures of farm sector profitability. The first measure tracks cash receipts and cash expenses, while the second also includes noncash transactions, including implicit rents, changes in inventories, capital replacement costs, and others.


2016 February 12
• The 179 expense election for 2015 is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollarfor-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2 million.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Last Tuesday, the CME Group announced it will be reducing the trading hours of the live and feeder cattle contracts. Starting Monday, Feb. 29, the trading hours for the Globex futures will return to 8:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., CT, Monday through Friday. The open outcry options will range from 8:30 a.


2016 February 7
“Many roads are still closed in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota, which has several beef and pork plants in the area either starting to kill late or cancelling first shift slaughters all together,” reported Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage last Thursday morning.


by USDA
2016 January 22
The value of the U.S. dollar against other major currencies strengthened considerably in 2015, accelerating a trend that began in 2011. The agricultural tradeweighted exchange rate is a broad measure of the value of the dollar against 79 foreign currencies, weighted by their share of U.


2016 January 22
“We’ve been having good cotton yields lately, the last two years,” he said. “Some growers have managed to produce four bales per acre. With each bale weighing about 500 pounds, some have been meeting that 1-ton cotton goal that before the decline in boll weevils was just a dream here.


2016 January 22
People were less excited to buy cattle last week compared to the prior week. Whereas the prior week saw 90,000 head trade by Thursday, last week couldn’t even muster 4,000 head traded by Thursday. Cattle buyers were likely waiting for the release of the Cattle on Feed report to give the manic market some direction.




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