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Grain, livestock markets rebalancing || Christmas on the farm

Jeff Caldwell 01/11/2012 @ 2:41pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The grain markets are mostly bearish right now. Not good for farmers, right? Wrong, says one economist. It's a sign of better balance for both crops & livestock, making for a more stable marketplace, one economist says. Do you agree?

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