Growth in beef exports is boon for demand, but politics, scandal, drought and conflict are now affecting cattle prices more than ever before.
Hog Outlook: Demand is the real key to sharply higher prices in 2017.
Beef Outlook: Consumers are willing to pay more for meat as supply increases.
For preharvest marketing new-crop bushels, consider the farm’s cost of production and a reasonable profit margin.
Dairy Outlook: Dairy exports in the first half of the year were the highest in three years.
Recent strong U.S. meat imports triggered trade agreement safeguard rules set in the 1994 WTO Uruguay Round.
Watch how the market responds to changes in marketing methods and pricing.
Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation also score well with ag shippers.
Iowa farmers can expect to see a lot of yield variability this fall.