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Increasing Spread of Bird Flu in Mammals Raises Alarms of Potential Human Pandemic

The agriculture industry is already very aware of the devastating impacts of the global avian influenza outbreak that has led to the deaths of millions of poultry. In the US and other countries, the biggest impact felt by the general public has primarily been egg shortages and resulting sky-high prices. Now, as more cases are found spreading to mammals, the ...
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Current Market Thoughts and Introduction to First Ag Tech Rolling Fund – February 2023

Kevin Van Trump and Andy Daniels sit down with Carter Williams, CEO at iSelect Fund, to discuss current thoughts and opinions regarding the markets, what the Argentina crop looks like, export outlooks moving forward, relationships with China, theories behind the Chinese balloon, new developing possibilities with Russia, overall economy outlooks from all three investors, and the introduction to the iSelect ...
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America’s Farms and Land in Farms…A Deeper Look Inside the Numbers

USDA's latest Farms and Land in Farms shows the US lost -9,350 farms in 2022, which marks a decline of about half a percentage point from 2012. Land in farms also slid, with -1.9 million fewer acres versus 2021, and a decline of -21 million from 2012. Other changes appear a little deeper in the numbers, including the long-running trend ...
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Will Shrinking Water Supplies Keep Pushing Vegetable Prices Higher?

When we talk about drought in agriculture, much of the focus is on livestock and row crops. But if you've been to the grocery store lately, you have no doubt noticed the insanely high prices of vegetables, which surged +38% in November alone and are up over +80% versus last year. The skyrocketing costs are directly tied to the ongoing ...
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Why John Deere is Getting Into the Space Race

Investors were surprised late last year when Ark Investment included Deere & Company among the companies in its new Ark Space Exploration & Innovation ETF (NYSE: ARKX). The equipment maker, best known for its tractors and other farm machinery, is the 13th largest holding in the new ETF. The rational at the time was that Deere was a company that ...
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How the Devastating Turkey-Syria Earthquake Could Have Dramatic Geopolitical Impacts

Most have likely seen the heartbreaking news coming out of Turkey and Syria where two massive earthquakes have caused widespread destruction across the region. More than 40,000 people are included in the official death toll, which is likely to climb even higher in the weeks ahead as recovery efforts continue. Nearly 100,000 are injured and millions of survivors are at ...
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Markets Will Be Closed Monday, but which President’s Birthday are we Celebrating?

Officially known as Washington’s Birthday (even though it isn’t actually on Washington’s birthday!), Presidents Day is an American federal holiday that takes place on the third Monday in February. This year, that is February 20th. There has long been some confusion as to which President is honored on this day, though, and the actual name of the holiday can differ ...
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America’s Farmer Presidents

America celebrates President's Day on the third Monday of February every year, which is next Monday. Originally it clebrated the birthday of George Washington, the first president and Revolutionary War leader. Some states and local governments use the day to also recognize Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12, 1809. Both Presidents were also farmers. In fact, Lincoln used his "farm boy" ...
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Lower Farm Income and Higher Production Expenses Forecast for 2023

After back-to-back years of robust growth, US farm profits are expected to drop substantially in 2023. Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decline nearly -16% from last year, while net cash income is expected to decrease more than -20%. While the declines are no doubt steep, the 2023 forecasts for both measures do remain above ...
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Price History of Campbell’s Tomato Soup

This was sent my way by a fellow friend and trader and I found it interesting. It was featured in a blog post written by Political Calculations. Everyone can read the post in full detail HERE They wrote... Political Calculations has tracked the price history of Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup over the past 126 years because of its remarkable consistency ...
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