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Top Farmer Conference 2021

January 8, 2021 | virtual meeting

A management programs geared specifically for farmers. Surrounded by farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts, and a group of your peers, the conference will stimulate your thinking about agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

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More milk, consolidation continues, but still an improved 2020 price outlook

By Nicole Olynk Widmar | Given the challenging market situation facing dairy producers, the ending stocks for dairy products have been closely monitored and heavily reported on in 2019. September ending stocks (as reported in November) were significantly (159 million pounds on a milk-fat basis) higher for 2019 than they were a year earlier (Sept 2018).

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U.S. Cattle & Hog Sectors

Chicago Federal Reserve 2019 presentation by James Mintert.

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Long-Term Trends in Pigs per Litter

A simple linear trend was used to predict pigs per litter for each year.  The annual growth rate in pigs per litter was 0.10 pigs per year or 1.07 percent.  This may seem small, however, over the 26-year period, this equates to 2.57 pigs or an increase of approximately 32 percent.

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Top Farmer Conference 2020

January 10, 2020 (Pre-Conference Jan. 9) | West Lafayette, Indiana

A management programs geared specifically for farmers. Surrounded by farm management, farm policy, agricultural finance and marketing experts, and a group of your peers, the conference will stimulate your thinking about agriculture’s future and how you can position your farm to be successful in the years ahead.

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Cattle Feeders Place More Heifers on Feed

USDA’s October Cattle on Feed report, released on Friday, October 25th, indicated that the nation’s on feed inventory of 11.3 million head was about 1% smaller than a year ago, but still more than 4% larger than two years ago.

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Impact of Recent Changes in Corn and Fed Cattle Prices on Cattle Finishing Net Returns

This article discussed recent trends in feeding cost of gain, the feeder to fed price ratio, and cattle finishing net returns. Average cattle finishing losses in the first six months of 2019 were $52 per head.

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The Economic Importance of U.S. Animal Agriculture

Today, farms are much more specialized in crops or animals, and many fewer are in both. Has this changed the relative economic importance of crop and animal agriculture in the U.S.?

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Beef Herd Expansion Near End?

From the low point in 2014, beef cow numbers have expanded by nine percent. Total cow numbers including dairy cows are up seven percent.

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Impact of Higher Corn Prices on Swine Finishing Feed Cost

Corn price futures for the December 2019 contract increased from $3.79 per bushel for the week ending May 10 to $4.55 for the week ending June 28. Even though corn futures prices weakened after the release of the June crop acreage repor.

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