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Livestock

The Future of Meat Processing May Include More Automation

Meatpacking facilities in the U.S. emerged as hotbeds for coronavirus outbreaks. Thousands of workers became ill and +50 have died. In some cases, the communities where the operations are located have seen infections surge as well. Dozens of plants were forced to scale back operations or close down completely, leading to supply chain bottlenecks that …

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Cellular Meat is Headed Our Way… What You Need to Know!

Most of us in the livestock industry have been shocked by the rising popularity of so-called fake meat products from the likes of Beyond Meat and Impossible that went mainstream last year. These “plant-based” products proved more popular among consumers than many had thought. But there is another threat that is gaining more traction that …

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Coronavirus and Crude Oil Casting Dark Clouds Over Farm Income in 2020

I’ve been on a ton of calls this week and many in the ag space are rightfully worried. If prices remain at these levels or perhaps even lower, many farm families will find themselves in dire financial circumstances. The complications of coronavirus along with the fallout in crude oil has created a dangerous one-two punch …

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If You’re In The Livestock Business… Pay Close Attention

When the stock market shakes out and investors are forced to reposition and reallocate funds, we often see new industries and new concepts more rapidly evolve and prosper. Jacob Bunge wrote an interesting article last week that pertained to “plant-based” meat companies lowering prices and working towards becoming more competitive. Makers of plant-based meat alternatives …

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Life is Good!

I constantly hear my friends and others talking about how bad things have become. They talk about more shootings, more violent crimes, less religion, etc…, but these arguments are not backed by facts or figures. They are mostly just strong hunches and hearsay. Believe it or not, violent crimes are much lower than in years past. Faith is continual on the rise as 84% …

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Is $10 Corn a Possibility??

I see at minimum -10 million unplanted corn acres and perhaps much more. I also have a very hard time fully grasping potential yield loss on all of the re-plant and late-planted acres. Recently on the June WASDE, the U.S. planted acreage estimate was lowered by -3 million to 89.8 million. The U.S. average yield …

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New Reality in the Global Soybean Market

For the better part of a year, African Swine Fever has been roiling the global soybean complex. Now we have new data from China’s Ministry of Ag and Rural Affairs reporting that the pig herd has declined by -20% since ASF was first reported in early August 2018, and China’s feed demand and soybean imports …

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