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WSJ: Omicron Brings Renewed Strain to U.S. Food System

Jesse Newman and Jaewon Kang reported on the front page of Monday’s Wall Street Journal that, “The U.S. food system is under renewed strain as Covid-19’s Omicron variant stretches workforces from processing plants to grocery stores, leaving gaps on supermarket…

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China’s Imports of U.S. Soy Rose in 2021, as Administration Walks “Fine Line” on Phase One Trade Deal, Negotiations Continue

Reuters writers Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton reported last week that, “China’s soybean imports from the United States in 2021 rose from the previous year as it stepped up agricultural purchases under a trade deal agreed with Washington, while annual Brazilian…

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High Fertilizer Prices Impacting Developing Countries and Europe- Food Price Repercussions a Concern

Wall Street Journal writer Jon Emont reported last week that, “From South America’s avocado, corn and coffee farms to Southeast Asia’s plantations of coconuts and oil palms, high fertilizer prices are weighing on farmers across the developing world, making it…

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Fertilizer Price Update, and Iowa Crop Production Cost Estimates for 2022

DTN writer Russ Quinn reported this week that, “Retail fertilizer prices continue to be mostly higher the second week of January 2022, according to retailers surveyed by DTN.”

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Kansas City Fed: Smaller Loans Limit Ag Lending, as Ag Economy Remained Strong in 2021

In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, “Smaller Loans Limit Agricultural Lending,” Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman stated that, “Smaller sized loans limited agricultural lending activity at the end of 2021.”

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China: Focus on Domestic Production, as Soy, Pork Imports Fell in 2021; Corn Imports Hit Record- Meat Production Surges

Wall Street Journal writer Lingling Wei reported last week that, “Beijing is trying to fortify the Chinese economy against a prolonged period of tension with the U.S. and other countries, stockpiling some essentials and planning on more domestic production as…

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