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Weekly Outlook: A Little Profit for the Pork Industry in 2016

The outlook for the pork industry has turned somewhat more optimistic in recent weeks. The sources of that optimism include a $2-$4 increase in spring and summer lean hog futures prices since the first of the year and slightly lower new-crop soybean meal p

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Weekly Outlook: Robust Beef Expansion Will Slow

Nothing like record cattle prices and profitability to get an industry excited about expansion. The latest USDA Cattle report shows a rapid expansion is underway with cattle and calf numbers up 3% and beef cow numbers up 4% in the past year.

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Weekly Outlook: Crop Margins in a Boom-Moderation Price Cycle

A glance at a chart of commodity prices over say 100 or more years reveals periods of surging prices followed by a period of moderation in prices. Once prices moderate, they may stay relatively low for an extended time. Some have observed that this total c

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Weekly Outlook: Pork Industry Faces Tight Margin Year

Pork producers in 2016 are expected to experience another year of tight margins similar to the year just completed. Pork production is expected to rise by about 1%, but beef production will rise by 4% and poultry by about 3%.

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