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China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Monthly Food Inflation Hits Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years With China’s annualized gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate falling to 6.2 percent, the economy received more bad news as food prices in June were up 8.3 percent against June 2018. This was their biggest...

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Scavenger Fish; African Progress; Glass Half-full

Scavenger Fish To help offset the adverse impacts of the trade war, the Trump Administration has set up a program to purchase surplus commodities off the market, including $300 million worth of pork. The largest single beneficiary has been Brazilian-owned JBS, making 26 percent of the sales. Be...

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Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw markets firm after yesterday’s higher close in corn. Commercial pricing was heavy yesterday in the corn market and the overnight session continued that trend. Wheat futures were higher as well in a dead-cat bounce from technically oversold conditions and firmer UK fe...

soy-oilseeds wheat feed-grains

Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw prices mostly lower as wheat futures came under pressure from the advancing HRW harvest. Trading volume was moderate overnight as funds continue to liquidate long positions. Open interest is growing for corn and wheat, likely indicating that end users are extending coverag...

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Technology Uptake Policy; Trade War Fallout

Technology Uptake Policy Climate change is making its mark in the U.S. Midwest this season with excess moisture and in other parts of the globe whether its heat in Europe, drought in Australia or excess snow in the Rockies and Alps. Research in the journal Nature says there is now no reversing...

Rising Menu Prices Slow Restaurant Sales

The U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly advance retail sales report, released last week, shows growth in restaurant and grocery store sales is slowing. The first notable point in the report was that total retail sales were up 3.16 percent in May versus the same period in 2018. Their overall robu...

livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Food Inflation Reaches Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years The effects of the August 2018 outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) have continued to reverberate across China’s economy in 2019. In the second quarter of this year, food inflation has hit levels not seen since 2...

Mixed Signals on the Economy, Trade and Monetary Policy

The Federal Reserve has released it Beige Book summary of economic conditions around the country. Prominent was the plight of the ag economy, specifically deteriorating cash flow, credit payments and investment spending. Meanwhile, recent economic data together with the uncertain trade situatio...

Want More Sales? Try Owning a Restaurant

The U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly advance retail sales report, released Tuesday, suggests that owning a restaurant is likely to be a sales-boosting endeavor in 2019. Okay, it didn’t really say that, but the report holds some interesting insights for the food and agribusiness industri...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains wheat

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Argentina’s Cash Payment Issues The volatility in forex markets and the Argentine peso’s devaluation led to government intervention in the debate between farmers and exporters. On contracts executed in USD, farmers were claiming that they were losing money between the time the forex...

livestock soy-oilseeds feed-grains

China In-Country Analysis

Policy Developments Presidents Xi and Trump Continue High Stakes Game of Chicken Over the weekend, President Trump used Twitter, his favorite communication medium, to uncork a new fusillade of tariff threats against China due to a lack of progress in the trade talks. According to Secretary of T...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Policy Developments China Highlights Overseas Ag Investments at Belt and Road Forum The summit last week in Beijing touting China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative as well as its approach to building new international relationships also highlighted its overseas agricultural investment...

livestock soy-oilseeds feed-grains

China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Monthly Food Inflation Hits Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years With China’s annualized gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate falling to 6.2 percent, the economy received more bad news as food prices in June were up 8.3 percent against June 2018. This was their biggest...

livestock

Scavenger Fish; African Progress; Glass Half-full

Scavenger Fish To help offset the adverse impacts of the trade war, the Trump Administration has set up a program to purchase surplus commodities off the market, including $300 million worth of pork. The largest single beneficiary has been Brazilian-owned JBS, making 26 percent of the sales. Be...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw markets firm after yesterday’s higher close in corn. Commercial pricing was heavy yesterday in the corn market and the overnight session continued that trend. Wheat futures were higher as well in a dead-cat bounce from technically oversold conditions and firmer UK fe...

soy-oilseeds wheat feed-grains

Market Commentary

Overnight trading saw prices mostly lower as wheat futures came under pressure from the advancing HRW harvest. Trading volume was moderate overnight as funds continue to liquidate long positions. Open interest is growing for corn and wheat, likely indicating that end users are extending coverag...

livestock

Technology Uptake Policy; Trade War Fallout

Technology Uptake Policy Climate change is making its mark in the U.S. Midwest this season with excess moisture and in other parts of the globe whether its heat in Europe, drought in Australia or excess snow in the Rockies and Alps. Research in the journal Nature says there is now no reversing...

Rising Menu Prices Slow Restaurant Sales

The U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly advance retail sales report, released last week, shows growth in restaurant and grocery store sales is slowing. The first notable point in the report was that total retail sales were up 3.16 percent in May versus the same period in 2018. Their overall robu...

livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Food Inflation Reaches Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years The effects of the August 2018 outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) have continued to reverberate across China’s economy in 2019. In the second quarter of this year, food inflation has hit levels not seen since 2...

Mixed Signals on the Economy, Trade and Monetary Policy

The Federal Reserve has released it Beige Book summary of economic conditions around the country. Prominent was the plight of the ag economy, specifically deteriorating cash flow, credit payments and investment spending. Meanwhile, recent economic data together with the uncertain trade situatio...

Want More Sales? Try Owning a Restaurant

The U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly advance retail sales report, released Tuesday, suggests that owning a restaurant is likely to be a sales-boosting endeavor in 2019. Okay, it didn’t really say that, but the report holds some interesting insights for the food and agribusiness industri...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains wheat

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Argentina’s Cash Payment Issues The volatility in forex markets and the Argentine peso’s devaluation led to government intervention in the debate between farmers and exporters. On contracts executed in USD, farmers were claiming that they were losing money between the time the forex...

livestock soy-oilseeds feed-grains

China In-Country Analysis

Policy Developments Presidents Xi and Trump Continue High Stakes Game of Chicken Over the weekend, President Trump used Twitter, his favorite communication medium, to uncork a new fusillade of tariff threats against China due to a lack of progress in the trade talks. According to Secretary of T...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Policy Developments China Highlights Overseas Ag Investments at Belt and Road Forum The summit last week in Beijing touting China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative as well as its approach to building new international relationships also highlighted its overseas agricultural investment...

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