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African Swine Fever: Opportunities and Concerns

News items continue to highlight the ongoing impacts of African Swine Fever (ASF).  In addition to explaining some of the market effects of the disease, recent articles have also addressed under-reporting issues in China, the spread of ASF, and the…

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ERS Analysis: Southeast Asia- Growing Meat Demand, Feedstuffs Imports

Earlier this month, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published an article (“Southeast Asia’s Growing Meat Demand and Its Implications for Feedstuffs Imports,” by Tani Lee and James Hansen) which explained that, “Southeast Asia’s rising incomes, growing population, and increasing…

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U.S., China Trade Talks- Planned Timeline and Agricultural Issues

Recent news developments point to a potential timeline for ongoing U.S., China trade negotiations.  More narrowly, articles have also discussed agricultural variables that have arisen in the talks; and as the trade war persists, farmers are feeling unease about the…

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Pork and Soybean Markets Adjust to African Swine Fever

Recent news items have focused on the impacts that African Swine Fever (AFS) in China is having on pork and soybean markets.  Today’s update looks briefly at these issues in more detail.

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Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- April 2019

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the U.S. agricultural economy.

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Farmland Values Currently Steady Economic Concerns- But Potential for Declines Exist

Recent news items from the Corn Belt point to several economic challenges facing producers as spring planting approaches.  Nonetheless, relatively steady farmland values continue to be a bright spot.  But a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas…

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African Swine Fever: Market Impacts Persist

Articles last week documented some of the recent impacts that African swine fever is having on hog markets, including in the U.S.  Today’s update looks at key points from several of these news items.

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