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USDA beefs up production forecast
In USDA’s latest forecast, total meat production is predicted to be lower in 2014 despite higher beef production and price expectations.
And on the crop side, the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, issued April 9, helped ease fears of lower crop prices.
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WASDE report eases low crop price fears
USDA’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
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- WASDE report eases low crop price fears
Pressure builds on cattle prices
With boxed beef prices down sharply from the second rollercoaster high of the year, fed cattle prices may have peaked seasonally.
Fed prices are currently holding mostly steady near $150/cwt. but will likely decrease into May as fed cattle marketings increase seasonally. Cattle slaughter typically increases from April through May to seasonal peaks in June.
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Farm bill brings questions for producers
As a professor in Kansas State University's Department of Agricultural Economics, Art Barnaby has given countless presentations and fielded even more questions about managing risk over the years. And the questions continue as details of the new farm bill unfold.
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Feds release cattle
U.S. authorities released 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land from a rancher who refused to recognize their authority, in a dispute that drew hundreds of protesters to his defense and fueled a debate over state and federal land rights.
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