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June 26, 2013

In 2012 Dr. Meyer said if it rains we have $4 corn and if it doesn't we have $8 corn - and that everyone heard the first part and nobody heard the second part. Where are we today?

Grains and Livestock Economic Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, says key issues in coming months will be input and production costs; demand; output levels for 2013 and 2014; and prices and margins.

He reminded people that in 2012 he said if it rains we have $4 corn and if it doesn't we have $8 corn - and that everyone heard the first part and nobody heard the second part. In summary Dr. Meyer says that corn belt rains have been good, now we need some warm dry days.

April 30, 2013

What is the future of public opinion of animal agriculture and how should that opinion be shaped?

Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Animal Agriculture and Public Opinion - Dr. Sebastian E. Heath VetMB PhD, Branch Chief for Program Development - FEMA, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

July 10, 2012

What are some of the concerns farmers have in bringing produce to farmers markets?

AgChat on Farmers Markets and Community Farmers Markets and Consumers What are some of the issues and requirements for farmers to sell their produce at farmers markets? How are farmers markets and opportunity to connect with consumers? These are some of the discussion points from this week's AgChat.

March 26, 2012

What are puts and calls? Where do I get commodity market data? This resource page offers some suggested web pages to help figure out agriculture economics.

agriculture economics 101 Markets exist to help smooth the flow of information and make the future more predictable. Or so say some of the theories. But it takes a Ph.D. sometimes to figure out what is going on when corn goes above $8 and you are sitting on several thousand bushels. Do you sell? Or do you wait?

March 19, 2012

What should you be doing with your corn?

There is less pressure from ethanol demand and the industry is catching up with trend-line yields. And prices are moderating, although at higher levels than preferred. Purdue's Dr. Chris Hurt shares what's happening and why we should see a bit less volatility in the days to come.

March 12, 2012

Information transparency is key to fluid and functional market. If government statistics are not trusted then markets get skewed and cost businesses revenue and opportunities.

February 7, 2012

Total feed supply is going down. This means we either get more efficient or we get smaller.

January 25, 2012

How will the meat and poultry markets fare in 2012?

Jan 2012 Meyer Swine Economics

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provided an update on the state of the meat and poultry markets. His main take away is that the demand continued to struggle late 2011.

The bad news is that these "annual" numbers for 2011 have been getting worse and worse as the year has progressed.

Steve reminds us that the indexes only describe how demand is changing, not why a change is occurring. He believes consumer incomes and spending was the major negative force in the domestic market in 2011.

Charts below from Paragon Economics, using USDA data.

January 16, 2012

How the Chinese pork prices move, so goes the world, believe some economists and investors.

January 1, 2012
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