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by USDA
2017 January 16
Land may be acquired in a number of ways, including sales, gifts and inheritances. Arms-length purchases from nonrelatives are a traditional method for acquiring land, particularly for those without family or personal connections to agricultural landowners.
2017 January 13
There are three main elements to land in the West: surface, water and minerals. The first is for grazing, the second is for fighting over, and the third… well, that is generally up for debate. Mineral rights can be a potentially good thing for owners and a rare gamble for buyers when it comes to land value.


2017 January 13
By the close of trade last Thursday, barely 8,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week. Though this volume was not enough to establish a market trend for the week, those steers that had sold ranged between $117-120 live, steady with the prior week’s live prices.


2017 January 6
The first week of the New Year saw cattle and beef markets mixed but largely steady. The cash fed trade was slow to start with not even 11,000 head confirmed sold by close of trade on Thursday. Prices ranged from $116-118 live, which overlapped with the higher end of the range from the week before.


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.




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