USDA Cost of Production Estimates Show Little Change from 2016

by Brent Gloy

According to the latest USDA cost of production estimates, U.S. farmers will find the 2017 cost of producing corn, soybeans, and wheat basically unchanged from 2016.  Combined with the outlook for flat to slightly better commodity prices, the cost of production estimates portray yet another year of challenging economic conditions throughout corn, soybean, and wheat country. Continue reading

Farm Loan Delinquencies Continue Higher

by David A. Widmar

As farm incomes decline and financial conditions erode, concerns about farmers’ ability to repay farm debts mount. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank provides great insight into the health of the farm economy – and specifically farm loans- through its Ag Finance Databook. This post considers the latest farm loan delinquency data and evaluates conditions at the end of 2016. Continue reading

Global Beef Trends: China and Brazil Grab the Spotlight

by David A. Widmar

In late March, the beef industry was rocked by a meat scandal in Brazil that created concerns about quality and safety controls. Many countries, including China, temporarily halted imports of Brazilian beef while the scale and scope of the issues were sorted out. In light of these events, it is worthwhile to step back and reflect on beef trends (as we did a few weeks ago with corn here and here). This week’s post considers the global beef trends – including consumption, production, imports, and export.

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