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Mar 1, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Has Predicted Downturn for Corn and Soybeans Begun?

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at economic factors shaping both the broader and agricultural economies and lessons from past downturns that producers can apply to their decision-making.

Jul 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Bearish WASDE: What the July Report Means for Markets, Producers

While USDA was expected to lower its yield estimate for 2023 corn, the move is still significant. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the July WASDE means for markets and producers.

Jun 9, 2023 | Crop Insurance

A Different Way to Manage Livestock Risk

Discover how livestock producers can manage risk with insurance options like Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM).

May 19, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Record U.S. Crops, Lower Prices: What USDA Forecast Means for Ag

Read more about the global supply and demand and U.S. commodity prices for new crop in marketing year 2023/24.

May 3, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Pause? Not Necessarily.

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the current state of interest rates, diesel prices, grain stocks and more.

Mar 6, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Outlooks for Commodities: Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at how supply and demand is shaping grain and protein markets.

May 13, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Corn and Soybean Outlook: May 2022

USDA has released its May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

Nov 9, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Poultry Processing Opens Opportunities

“Benefits of contract production can include a guaranteed market, steady cash flow throughout the year and, in some cases, company-supplied expertise.” Bob Campbell, FCSAmerica.

Jan 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Round Two of Avian Influenza?

Producers still in recovery mode have beefed up biosecurity post-H5N1. It’s one more cost that has added to the economic impact of avian influenza.

Jun 12, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

USDA’s June Forecast for 2014/15 Production and Season-Average Farm Prices

The USDA says crop conditions in the Corn Belt are the better than any time since 2007. Check out what, if any, impact this is having on projected yields – along with a lot of other good information on 2014/15 production and price forecasts.

Mar 11, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

The Way of the Future: Fossil-fuel Free Farms

The Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, South Dakota, has cuts its use of fossil fuel by half. Now it has its sights on a fossil-fuel free operation by 2026.

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