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Bullish Friday

Jim Budzynski argues in CropLife magazine that “Agriculture is in Worse Shape than You Think.” He cites several dynamics such as trade wars, deglobalization, ASF, farm debt and climate change. These may or may not collectively be the Black Plague on agriculture. Living through bearish markets can be difficult and demoralizing but there is the glass half-full approach.  Jake Hanley, portfolio manager at Teucrium Funds, an exchange trade fund, may be tooting his own horn but the data is notable. For the second year in a row, consumption of wheat, corn and soybeans is exceeding the combined inventory for these major commodities. Moreover, the underlying dynamics of consumption, increases in population and wealth, remain on a...

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