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by USDA
2017 January 6
USDA forecasts U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017 to reach $134 billion, up 1 percent from the previous forecast in August of 2016—largely due to expected increases in dairy and livestock byproduct exports. U.S. agricultural imports in fiscal year 2017 are projected at $113 billion, down 1 percent from the August forecast.
by USDA
2016 December 30
Midsize farms, those with gross cash farm income between $350,000 and $1 million, concentrate their production on grains and oilseeds. In 2014, over 40 percent of midsize farm production occurred on farms that specialized in these crops—8 percentage points higher than in 1992.
2016 December 23
Year-to-date broiler exports for the first 10 months of the year are up 2.5 percent over one year ago. Beef exports in October were 16.9 percent above last year with year-to-date beef exports up 9.4 percent. Meat exports have accelerated recently with year-over-year July to October pork exports up 6.
2016 December 23
With the New Year just over the horizon, it is time to look forward to what the future may bring. From the economic perspective, there are a lot of potential market movers on the horizon too. More cattle and more beef, declining prices, shifting consumer demand, and the impacts of international situations are just a few things coming.


2016 December 23
Not many cash fed cattle had sold by close of trade last Thursday, but the prices for those that did sell were a nice pick-up. With slightly over 6,000 head confirmed sold, prices ranged from $112-114 live, this being well above the prior week’s $108-111.


by USDA
2016 December 23
Employment grew in about 60 percent of rural counties (1,227 out of 1,976) between the first half of 2015 and the first half of 2016. Rural counties with rising employment levels were located in all regions of the country, but concentrated in the Midwest, the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.
2016 December 16
Cash fed cattle trade dallied last week. After several weeks of impressive movement seen by the close of trade on Thursdays, not even 7,000 head had been confirmed sold by last Thursday afternoon. The largest chunk of that was sold via the Fed Cattle Exchange, but only about half of the offered 7,753 head sold.


2016 December 9
Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture. Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom line.
by DTN
2016 December 9
Most ag producers are well aware of the $500,000 Section 179 first-year deduction that’s available for 2016, as well as the 50 percent bonus depreciation available on new (not used) assets.
2016 December 9
The transition to bigger beef supplies (and psychologically to the idea of bigger supplies) that began impacting cattle markets in 2015 continued in 2016. Markets adjusted down, including a brutal, fear-driven crash in markets in the third quarter, followed by a significant rally in the fourth quarter.
2016 December 9
By end of trade last Thursday, there had been an anemic showing for the cash fed cattle market compared to recent weeks. With not even 32,500 head confirmed sold for the week—past weeks have seen over 90,000 head and more sold by the same time—prices were down $3-4 from the prior week at $106-112 live and down $5-7 at $168-170 dressed.


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.


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