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COVID-19

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Application Details

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Application Details

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) from producers who have suffered losses. Indiana FSA Director Steve Brown and staff join Jim Mintert for a discussion on eligibility requirements, payment rates and application details of the 2020 CFAP program.

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Contingency Planning with Cash Flow Shortages

Purdue Commercial AgCast Podcast

As cash flows from the farm operation become tighter due to COVID-19 and weaker commodity prices, it is necessary to find other funds to help pay for asset purchases or delay asset purchases, and to repay debt. On this episode,…

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What the Food Value Chain has Learned and Should Apply Post COVID-19

Purdue Commercial AgCast Podcast

Purdue ag economists Allan Gray and Brady Brewer examine many aspects of agricultural business from the design of supply chains to impacts on consumer buying behaviors to the future of international trade. 

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Feed Cost Indices for Laying Hens

This article discusses recent trends in feed costs for laying hens.  A ration consisting of corn, soybean meal, dry distillers’ grain, soybean oil, and supplements was used to create the feed cost indices.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Swine Feed Costs

This article examines trends in feed costs as well as the impact of corn and soybean meal prices on feed costs for farrow-to-finish and swine finishing operations.  It is important to note that the swine finishing enterprise represented in this article assumes the finishing of an early-weaned pig.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Cattle Finishing Net Returns

First quarter net returns were a negative $10 per head, and the prospects for the second quarter are very dismal.  In addition to discussing net return prospects, this article discusses trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and breakeven prices.

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Update on the Livestock and Meat Situation

Purdue Commercial AgCast Podcast

Recorded April 28, 2020 | Purdue ag economists Jayson Lusk and James Mintert review the shifts in pork and beef production resulting from COVID-19 along with the impact these shifts have had on U.S. wholesale beef and pork prices as well as prices for cattle and hogs.

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COVID-19 Impacts on Pork and Beef

Processing plant closures sharply reduced livestock slaughter volume for both cattle and hogs in recent weeks. Federally inspected cattle slaughter the week ending April 25th, at 469 thousand head, was down 27% compared both to the first week of 2020 and the same week a year earlier.

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COVID-19’s Impacts on U.S. Food and Agriculture Webinar

COVID-19’s Impacts on U.S. Food and Agriculture Webinar

Recorded April 20, 2020 | Purdue ag economists Jayson Lusk, Michael Langemeier, and James Mintert examine COVID-19’s impact on U.S. food and agriculture.

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2020-04 Purdue Agricultural Economics Report (PAER)

In this Purdue Ag Econ Report (PAER) special edition, we look at COVID-19 impacts on agriculture and related topics. Contents: Retail markets get a boost during COVID-19; SBA help for small (and family businesses; COVID-19 weakens ethanol demand leading to reduced corn usage forecast; Short-term effects of COVID-19 on U.S. soybean and wheat exports; Changing crop net return prospects; Threats to local government revenues from the coronavirus recession; COVID-19 and online grocery prices; Specialty farm households’ consumption and risk behavior after natural disasters

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