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Commentary: The omnivore’s (consumer) dilemma (puzzle)

Given the track record, Oprah’s “Farewell Season” was bound to include at least one episode featuring veganism. Ms. Winfrey didn’t disappoint – she and 378 staff members, under the direction of author Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness), omitted meat, milk and eggs from their diet for an entire week. Oprah’s previous veganism run occurred several years ago; she went on a 21-day vegan fast initiated by her association Freston. FULL STORY »

Commentary: And Then Some!!!

The market simply refuses to show any signs of retreat. Market action during the past several weeks has drawn widespread attention and commentary. As such, there’s not much reason to be redundant here. However, it’s always interesting to step back and take a broader view of current events. FULL STORY »

Agsight: No speculators? No thanks!

“Food prices have sparked a media feeding frenzy of late.” That observation from last month’s AgSight stemmed from the seemingly unending stream of headlines about the current inflationary environment. Such widespread media attention is relatively new - the business surrounding agriculture and food production doesn't normally attract much attention. What isn’t new is the finger pointing. FULL STORY »

Nevil Speer, MMP: Margins and markets

February opened business with the beef complex, like many other industries, playing catch-up because of the massive winter storm. Packers scurried to normalize business operations in order to refill the supply pipeline ahead of consumers emerging from their storm-induced hibernation. FULL STORY »

AgSight: feeding the world - doomsayers miss the point

Food prices have sparked a media feeding frenzy of late (pun intended). The Interest stemming from the U.N.’s food price index report: December marked the sixth consecutive month of higher prices and 2010 ended by establishing a new index record FULL STORY »

Nevil Speer, MMP: Risk Back On

Last year at this time the Monthly Market Profile began with the following observation: “We’re in a dark wood and the way is not straight.” Broader economic challenges led to subsequent characterization of the market being defined by resilience – “…in the hedge rows fighting our way out to some open ground.” Well, so much for prognostication.
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Sustainability: More Questions Than Answers

The concept of sustainability has encompassed a flurry of activity in recent years. For example, our college campus, like many others, now has an Office of Sustainability. The department’s mission is to “promote a culture of sustainability…integrating principles of ecological integrity and social equity into academics, practices, and partnerships.”
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Nevil Speer, MMP: Beef Steps On The Gas!

The week of Thanksgiving was all about the buy side hunting beef! Cash trade surged $3-4 during the week prior and established steer / heifer value at $101-2. And then packers came back for more: the following week saw active competition which jumped the market another $2 making weigh-ups worth $103-4. Last week’s fed trade, upon the cue of a choppy wholesale market, took a $1-2 breather.
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Nevil Speer, MMP: Beef Steps On The Gas!

The week of Thanksgiving was all about the buy side hunting beef! Cash trade surged $3-4 during the week prior and established steer / heifer value at $101-2. And then packers came back for more: the following week saw active competition which jumped the market another $2 making weigh-ups worth $103-4. Last week’s fed trade, upon the cue of a choppy wholesale market, took a $1-2 breather.
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Nevil Speer, MMP: Now Comes The Hard Work

Markets are always demanding (and simultaneously interesting) because they never really allow you to settle in – there’s constant flux around every potential dynamic. That reality played out in May for the beef complex.
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AgSight: Elena Kagan - Food Industry Activist?

Call me cynical (maybe I’m just a realist) but I’m guessing that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan won’t stir a single question related to animal rights. That’s not surprising given the overwhelming number of Senators who have no direct tie to agriculture.
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