USDA Made a Blunder Cutting Media Early Access to Reports – DTN

🕔Aug 10, 2018Perhaps circling the drain even faster than the likes of black rhinos, whooping cranes and snow leopards, small-town newspapers represent a particularly sad and endangered form of business. Some remain […]

Livestock Market: Tariff Talkers Lined Up, No ‘Street Fight’ Yet – DTN

🕔Apr 10, 2018Long before there was George Lucas, J.K. Rowling or Michael Crichton, there was Jules Verne. He was one of my favorite boyhood storytellers and considered by many to be the […]

Livestock: Calving Season and the Many Challenges Ahead for Producers – DTN

🕔Mar 12, 2018Long before that lazy groundhog even begins to stir from his winter nap, way before seed catalogues flood the post office, and even months before the weather map can be […]

Midwest Livestock: Bitter Cold Causing Stress for Producers and Cattle – DTN

🕔Jan 16, 2018Mike Berdo spent most of his Thursday cleaning cattle pens and putting new bedding down to keep the cattle dry and warm. The Washington, Iowa, cattleman/farmer, who has both a […]

Livestock: Why Did China Cut Pork Imports by 30% this Year? – DTN

🕔Nov 2, 2017Forget about what you’ve heard about cyber-attacks, spyware and internet trolls. Sometimes instances of miscommunication can best be explained by one party simply “missing the memo.” For example, take China’s […]

Livestock Prices: Knowing When to Hold, Fold or Run – DTN

🕔Sep 8, 2017In the words of the renowned ag economist Kenny Rogers, cattle marketers need to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know […]

Livestock: Japan Increases U.S. Frozen Beef Tariff, Perdue Voices Concern – DTN

🕔Aug 1, 2017In what may be one of the first consequences to the U.S. for backing out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan this week announced an automatic tariff rate increase on […]

Market Thoughts: Fake News in Strange and Dangerous Times – DTN

🕔Jul 14, 2017Fake Market News? We live in strange and dangerous times. Granted, that’s not exactly a news flash, not exactly a unique historical observation. In fact, such a ponderous verdict, in […]

Livestock Comments: “Eating Mindfully…” Give Me A Break. – DTN

🕔Apr 9, 2015Even among history nerds such as myself, the name of Henry David Thoreau rarely comes up over morning coffee. And why should this long-dead poet, naturalist, and borderline anarchist expect […]

Livestock: Sharp Cattle Declines as Inscrutable as the Grinch – DTN

🕔Dec 18, 2014When Dr. Seuss introduced his classic Christmas grump in 1957, it was destined to become the most iconic symbol of seasonal misery and scorn since Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Indeed, with […]

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