Monday, January 25, 2016


Seven Things To Know About The 2016 Bird Flu

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bird flu has returned to the Midwest, with the announcement Friday that a highly pathogenic H7N8 was found in an Indiana turkey farm, forcing the killing of 60,000 birds. Since then, theUSDA reported that another nine cases of avian flu have been detected near the same area, although eight of those... Learn More →


Perspective: Spring Planting, 01/25/2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25 – The market is starting to look ahead to the U.S. spring planting season, now that the January USDA crop report is behind us and the trade is increasingly comfortable with the size of the South American crops. We expect the Midwest weather pattern to be influenced by a transition from a... Learn More →


Liberia reports decline in production of export commodities

Monday, January 25, 2016

Liberia’s Central Bank (CBL) has reported a sharp decline in gold, diamond and iron ore production between July and September, 2015.The CBL Financial and Economic Bulletin released recently blamed the fall on the decline of the prices of the country’s major export commodities on the world market.... Learn More →


STRAWBOTICS: THE NEXT GENERATION IN STRAWBERRY HARVESTING TECH WITH HARVEST CROO

Monday, January 25, 2016

The produce industry is on the cusp of a major revolution in robotics. Labor-related issues are going to be addressed through technology, so why can’t we be part of the solution?” Gary Wishnatzki, Co-Founder of Harvest CROO Robotics and Owner of Wish Farms, asks me as we touch on the challenges... Learn More →


Feds tap Gary for urban agriculture program

Monday, January 25, 2016

GARY — The Steel City is one of 27 cities nationwide chosen for a federal initiative to eliminate food deserts, where people do not have access to healthy fresh food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected Gary for the Local Foods, Local Places initiative, which aims to make healthy... Learn More →


Hedge Funds Had Worst Year Since 2008 Betting on Commodities

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hedge funds betting on raw materials had the worst performance since the global financial crisis of 2008 as everything went wrong for commodities. The funds lost 5.2 percent in 2015 and recorded losses in 10 out of 12 months, based on an index compiled by Societe Generale SA that tracks the... Learn More →


Ethiopia: Ethiopia’s Demand for Corn-Soya Blend Expands Due to Drought

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and major relief food aid agencies are mobilizing resources to procure corn-soya blend (CSB) as part of the drought relief effort. About 200,000 metric tons of CSB is required to address moderate acute malnutrition needs during the first half of 2016. Of this... Learn More →


Obama Administration to Partner with 27 Communities to Boost Neighborhood Revitalization through Local Food Enterprises

Monday, January 25, 2016

Local Foods, Local Places Empowers Creative Economic Development in Rural and Urban Communities in 22 states WASHINGTON, January 25, 2016 – Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce the selection of 27 communities in 22 states that will... Learn More →


Morning Livestock Report, 01/25/2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday afternoon’s monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report revealed a larger than expected placement total at 99.2% of year ago, above even the high end of the estimate range. However, at 1.525 million head, this is still a historically low placement total and marks the sixth consecutive month of... Learn More →


Wheat Report, 01/25/2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

The wheat market is off to a strong start on reports that Russia may impose limitations on grain exports. The Russian Ag Ministry is discussing restrictive measures due to the worsening livestock situation as the Ruble retreats and forage costs increase. Weather forecasts show unseasonably warm... Learn More →