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29 January 2015
Turkey Industry Demands Movement on Trade Promotion
US – The National Turkey Federation has urged Congress to renew powers for trade negotiators which the body says ensure effective negotiation and conclusion of beneficial trade agreements....
27 January 2015
Port Standstill Spells Trouble for US Farm Prices
US – Union tensions have halted meat exports from west coast seaports because of a struggle over worker contracts, with major implications for beef, chicken and pork trade....
26 January 2015
CME: Cold Storage Report Had Bearish Implications for Beef, Chicken Prices
US - The latest USDA cold storage report had bearish implications for beef and chicken prices while we think it was neutral for pork, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
Welfare Rule Doubles California's Egg Prices
US – Intense market debate reignited in California after the cost of eggs doubled as farms realigned to new laws limiting layer bird stocking rates....
Super Bowl Sunday Means Super Chicken Wing Sales
US - Americans are forecast to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings for Super Bowl Sunday on 31 January, with wholesale prices higher than last year....
23 January 2015
Higher US Broiler Production Forecast
US - Broiler supplies have been steadily increasing in the last few months and the latest data points to higher production levels in February and March, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
22 January 2015
US Senator Takes on South Africa over Poultry Meat Duties
US - A Delaware senator is pushing for renewed efforts to force South Africa to cut the duty on imports of poultry meat from the US....
21 January 2015
NFU Urges President Obama to Reconsider Trade Agreements
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has applauded President Obama’s leadership on climate change, tax reform and reopening trade with Cuba, while encouraging the President to reconsider his support for trade agreements that export...
Issues Stemming from January USDA Reports
US - The USDA's final estimates of 2014 US production and estimates of December 1, 2014 stocks released on January 12 revealed some potentially important issues for the corn and soybean markets, writes Darrel Good....
19 January 2015
How Big of a Deal is China’s Ban on Imports of US Poultry and Egg Products? 
CHINA & US - The initial reaction to about any problem with exports in general and exports to China in particular is “The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!”, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner....
16 January 2015
CME: WASDE Provided USDA’s Final 2014 Crop Estimates
US - A quick note on Monday’s record-high FI hog slaughter: It really wasn’t all on Monday. USDA’s estimate for Monday was a record high daily total of 455,000 head, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. ...
CME: 2015 US Meat Expectations in Context of Long-term History
US - Steve Meyer and Len Steiner explain how the results of US meat and poultry markets in 2014 and expectations for 2015 fit with longer term history....
15 January 2015
Sales in US of Animal Health Products $7.5 Billion in 2013
US - Sales of animal health products for livestock and pets were similar in 2013 to the year before, according to new figures from the industry body....
14 January 2015
Chickens, Eggs, Turkeys Bring Jobs, Economic Growth to US
US - Over the last two years, the nation's poultry industry has added 477,000 jobs and had an impact on economic output to the tune of $204 billion, according to a new study....
USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices
US - The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA has released the final estimates of the size of the 2014 US corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of December 1, 2014, writes Darrel Good....
13 January 2015
How Will Increase in Broiler Production Affect Meat Prices?
US - Looking at the weekly statistcs for the main species, one item stands out—the sharp increase in broiler production and the implications this has for meat prices in 2015, writes Steve Meyer & Len Steiner....
US Farming Groups Unite to End Cuban Embargo
US - Prominent US food and agriculture associations - including the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation - and companies have announced the formation of a coalition that seeks to advance trade relations between the United States...
12 January 2015
CME: Minor Revisions Expected in WASDE Report
US - Analysts polled ahead of the release of the USDA WASDE report (Jan 12) expect only minor revisions to the supply/demand tables for major grain crops, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner....
09 January 2015
US Retail Egg Sales up 11 Per Cent in 2014
US - Egg consumption continued its upward trend in 2014 despite higher retail prices....
US Farmers Call for New Approach to Trade Deals
US - The National Farmers Union is calling for all future US trade agreements should be negotiated with the goal of reducing the US trade deficit, while ensuring that the trading partner abides by the agreement and by US standards....
07 January 2015
Egg Price, Production Prospects in US
US - Even ahead of the ban on battery cage eggs in California, pundits were forecasting dramatic increases in egg prices for consumers across the country. What are the prospects for the US egg market in 2015?...
02 January 2015
US Responds to Poultry Export Bans
US - The Agriculture Department has issued a statement in response to a number of countries banning poultry from the US citing fears of avian flu. USDA is pressing these countries to apply internationally recognised trade guidelines....
Study Predicts No Farmers or Ranchers under 35 by 2033
US - As long-time farmers and ranchers grow older, it is becoming increasingly difficult to pass on the family farm or find young employees to pick up the reins at large corporate ranches....
29 December 2014
Mississippi Ag Values Set to Top $7 Billion
US - Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013....
18 December 2014
US Farmers Welcome Normalisation of Relations with Cuba
US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded the Obama administration on the important steps announced 17 December to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba....
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