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2021 Fertilizer Price Increases in Perspective, with Implications for 2022 Costs

Fertilizer prices have increased dramatically over the past year, with prices on major fertilizer products in Illinois increasing by over 50%. High fertilizer prices lead to projections of near record-high fertilizer costs in 2022 for both corn and soybeans, though…

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Consumer Preferences and the Meatless Meat Industry

Introduction In the U.S. and Western Europe, agri-food systems are changing in response to consumer preferences for foods that appear to be healthier and better for the welfare of animals and the environment. The past twenty years have seen an…

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2022 Crop Budgets Contain Higher Costs

Non-land costs for 2022 corn and soybean production are projected to be at all-time highs. Despite these high costs, corn and soybean production is projected to be profitable in 2022 because projected prices are considerably higher than average prices from…

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A Somewhat Smaller than Expected Cattle Herd

The U.S. cattle herd appears to continue its second consecutive year of decline within its typically decade long period of expansion and contraction. Currently, there are about 5.5% more beef cows in the U.S. than during the last low point…

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Overview of the Meatless Meat Industry

Introduction The emergent “meatless meat” industry has sparked interest among consumers, investors, farmers, and meat companies alike. The question many are asking is, to what extent will meatless meat replace animal meat in the American diet?  This first installment of…

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International Benchmarks for Wheat Production

Examining the competitiveness of wheat production in different regions of the world is often difficult due to lack of comparable data and agreement regarding what needs to be measured.  To be useful, international data needs to be expressed in common…

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U.S. Hog Producers and California Consumers, Impacted by State’s Implementation of Animal Welfare Rule

Late last week, Associated Press writer Scott McFetridge reported that, “Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.”

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Biosecurity and Pig Health in Focus to Combat African Swine Fever

Bloomberg News reported this week that, “China is taking hog biosecurity to new levels — 13 stories in fact.”

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African Swine Fever Detected in the Dominican Republic, Raising Concerns

Reuters writers Julie Ingwersen and Tom Polansek reported last week that, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the deadly hog virus African swine fever in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic, the agency said on Wednesday, fueling concerns about…

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Bout of Higher Prices for Beef, Chicken and Other Products Could Continue

Bloomberg writer Michael Hirtzer reported this week that, “A little-known market, that of young cattle, is signaling that pricey beef could be here to stay awhile.”

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House Ag Committee Passes Supplemental Farm Disaster Bill

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported this week that, “The House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill to provide as much as $8.5 billion in supplemental disaster aid for farmers and ranchers who faced disaster both in 2020…

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Fear of New Disease Outbreaks in Pigs Linger after China Floods

Reuters writer Emily Chow reported this week that, “[Chinese producer Cheng’s] farm is one of thousands in Henan, famous for agriculture, and pork production in particular. The province was struck by heavy rains last week that sparked the worst flash flooding…

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