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Calling the Kettle Black; Beyond Belief; Harvey to Working with Dems

U.S. ethanol groups are hugely upset that Brazil has imposed import safeguards against their products and that China has gotten into large-scale production of the fuel. However, their demand for retaliatory sanctions is a fool's run. Calling the Kettle Black U.S. ethanol groups are hugely upset that Brazil has imposed import safeguards against their products and that China has gotten into large-scale production of the fuel. They make the hypocritical charge that China is trying to protect its corn industry by making domestic ethanol with excess corn to prop up prices. Even the most gullible do not believe that U.S. corn growers pushed for the 15-billion-gallon ethanol production mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard solely due to an altr...

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Market Commentary: Futures Scream Higher; Cash Markets Also on Fire

The CBOT continues to scream higher with Chinese buying of U.S. corn and soybeans underpinning prices. Managed money funds have been aggressive buyers as technical analysis has shown few, if any, reasons to be bearish or sell a long position. The rally is not isolated to the futures market eith...

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Summary of Futures

Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.785/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Wheat closed at $5.75/bushel, up $0.1875 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $10.435/bushel, up $0.15 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $342.1/short ton, up $6.8 from ye...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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