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Commodity markets moved mostly higher Thursday morning

Corn futures backed away from early highs. Surging equity markets reflect renewed optimism about the global economic & political outlook, which in turn seems bullish for grain demand prospects. Corn futures rallied significantly in early morning action, but have slumped a bit in the wake of the mediocre result on the weekly USDA Export Sales report. March corn futures rose 2.5 cents at $4.1075/bushel late Thursday morning, while July added 2.5 to $4.2575.


Buying bulls by the numbers

Beef producers will have an opportunity to participate in bull-buying workshops at four locations in North Dakota during January.


Commentary: Learning the wrong lesson

A Midwest schoolteacher was fired for writing on Facebook that he doesn’t approve of dairy farming. His comments were way off-target, but his firing is even more egregious.

An elementary school teacher in Ohio has been fired for posting his dislike of dairy farming on his Facebook page.

(Uh, aren’t teachers the ones who are supposed to warn the kids that what they post online can come back to haunt them in later employment situations? Just sayin’).


Kentucky beef cattle market update

As I write this in mid-December, feeder cattle markets have fallen significantly from one month ago. Corn prices have increased during this time, while fed cattle futures have softened.


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