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Beef exports strengthen to Mexico, weaken to Japan

U.S. beef exports through May 2014 are up 6 percent from a year earlier. Exports have strengthened to Hong Kong and Mexico, offsetting weaker shipments to Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. FULL STORY »

Beef imports continue strong pace

U.S. beef imports continued to strengthen during May and were 20 percent higher for the month than a year earlier (see chart). Beef production is expected to decline 5 percent in 2014 due to lower cattle supplies, and lower cow slaughter. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved decidedly mixed Friday morning

Corn futures turned decidedly lower Friday morning. Corn futures rose quite modestly Thursday despite strong export news and the destruction of an airliner over a rebel-held area of Ukraine. FULL STORY »

'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

The challenge of ensuring future food security as populations grow and diets change has its roots in soil, but the increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: Blocks and barrels higher, futures tepid

Although blocks and barrels moved higher yesterday, futures reaction was tepid. Class III settled anywhere from -3 to +15 in 2014 yesterday, while weakness permeated the 2015 contracts. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly lower Thursday night

Corn futures gave back Thursday’s gains overnight. Corn futures had a hard time rallying yesterday despite bullish results on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. FULL STORY »

Researchers use “big data” to track zoonotic diseases

About 60 percent of diseases are zoonotic, or can pass between humans and various animal species, and understanding the pathways and complex relationships between pathogens, hosts and environmental factors is key to improving control strategies. FULL STORY »

Going hands-free: Even farm dogs can be robotized

This morning’s news out of Australia included building a “sheep dog” robot that can fetch cows from the pasture. Where will it stop? Does it need to? FULL STORY »

First U.S. Lely Vector auto-feeder open house next week in PA

Maybe we should call 2014 the year of the robot. FULL STORY »

Market recap: Light futures trading, heavy spot markets

Class III futures started off very flat on Thursday, but after a bullish day in the spot cheese market the front months moved higher from their previous settlements. FULL STORY »

Mapping the Size of Dairy Safety Net Programs: MILC vs MPP

A review of MILC participation over the 2009 to 2013 fiscal years revealed that over 47 thousand dairy operations participated in and received a payment from the MILC program. FULL STORY »

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