STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Fighting the cold, feeding the cattle
Years ago, when I was in high school and beef prices were poor, I fed my family's cattle on a bitterly cold day. I was wearing long underwear, flannel shirt, sweatshirt, pants, two pairs of socks, sno... Posted on 2/19/15 at 2:45 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Full Circle
I believe we are changing here on the farm. I am boarding some of my brother Steves cattle this year as the price of steers was so high this spring and remains high. I suspect the low corn prices will... Posted on 8/9/14 at 7:52 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales were flat in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items, indicating the economy was struggling to rebound strongly after barely growing in the first quarter.
ROME - The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world's population grows and nations become more reliant on global markets, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.
Egg supplier Cal-Maine Foods Inc's shares touched a record high on Monday, after theflyonthewall.com said research firm Sidoti & Co raised its price target on the stock, citing better egg pricing power following a shortage of birds after an outbreak of avian influenza in the United States.
ROME - Global food prices fell in April to their lowest since June 2010, as dairy led most commodities down, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 171 points in April, 1.2 percent below its reading in March.
CHICAGO - U.S. grains shed as much as 1 percent on Friday as investors sold off positions on the first day of May amid bearish headwinds of rapid pace of spring plantings and a strong dollar that could limit export prospects.
BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's main grains port of Rosario was paralyzed at midday on Wednesday by an open-ended wage strike by boat captains needed to help dock incoming cargo ships, the country's port management chamber said.
PARIS/SINGAPORE - U.S. wheat fell more than 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost two weeks, wiping out gains from the previous session, as timely rains across dry U.S. growing belts eased concern over potential yield losses.
Gus Trompiz and Naveen Thukral
April 13, 2015
CHICAGO - Actual farmland prices in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat state, generally run far higher than values shown from surveys of farmland owners conducted by the U.S. Agriculture Department, according to a study by a Kansas State University economist.
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices rebounded in February as gasoline prices rose for the first time since June, and there were also signs of an uptick in underlying inflation pressures, which could keep a June interest rate increase on the table.
Global food prices fell 1 percent in February to their lowest in more than 4.5 years, with cereals, meat and sugar declining, oils steady and only dairy prices rebounding sharply, the United Nations food agency says
ROME - Global food prices fell 1 percent in February to their lowest in more than four-and-a-half years, with cereals, meat and sugar declining, oils steady and only dairy prices rebounding sharply, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
The lowest energy prices since 2009, which have already benefited transport, retail and industrial companies, are giving farmers a boost just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts their incomes will plunge 32 percent this year.
Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger.
Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.
It’s been two years since a devastating drought withered crops in the U.S. and sent the price of corn skyrocketing.
Now, U.S. farmers, including those in South Dakota, are preparing to harvest what is expected to be a massive corn crop for the second year in a row, even as the price of corn has tumbled to a level far below where it was a year ago.
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