Risk Management

CME in informal talks on reducing grain trading hours

The exchange expanded its electronic trading cycle from 17 hours a session to 21 hours in May in response to a threat from rival IntercontinentalExchange Inc (ICE.N). The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is now exploring whether to reduce trading hours. FULL STORY »

Some ways the farm lessees sour relationship with the landowner

If you are leasing farmland, think about how your actions are perceived by the landowner. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer and packer margins improve

Pork producer margins remain in the red, but they gained back $5.61 per head on the week ending Oct. 12, compared with the week before. Meanwhile, pork packers increased their profit margin by $2.19 per head on the week, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Rabobank predicts hog price recovery into 2013

Rabobank analysts expect global hog prices to remain under pressure in the first part of the fourth quarter of 2012, followed by a price recovery toward year’s end and into 2013. FULL STORY »

Pork industry losses impact credit decisions

A noted agricultural economist estimates the U.S. pork industry will lose $2 billion over the next six months, and lenders will determine how long they will work with a producer. Pork Network asked Kent Bang, vice president, AgStar Financial Services, about factors the lender considers when making credit decisions for clients who face an extended period of financial loss. FULL STORY »

High corn cost fails to reduce demand

Analyst says corn’s August price highs ($8.50 December futures) are probably in place, with the downside limited to near $7.00 – the recent low. “Expect prices to hold mostly from $7.40 to $7.80 per bushel for the next 30 to 60 days," says Marty Foreman, Doane senior economist. FULL STORY »

China’s pork production will change the world market

Pork is China’s No. 1 consumed meat, and like the country’s population, the hunger for it is growing. If current trends in China's pork production and industrialization continue, corn imports could reach 20 million tons annually within just five short years, according to a Rabobank report. FULL STORY »

Profit not in the cards for pork producers

U.S. pork producers have quickly changed production plans in response to record-high feed prices that appear to be on the horizon for some months to come, but profitability will remain out of reach, according to analysts dissecting USDA’s September Hogs and Pigs Report. FULL STORY »

Crop insurance, risk management to shape next farm bill

The soaring cost of crop insurance and the move away from direct payments to farmers in favor of risk-management measures will shape the future of the 2012 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

CoBank announces drought assistance initiatives

CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that it is launching new initiatives to assist agricultural borrowers and others impacted by the 2012 drought. FULL STORY »

Fed stimulus plan boosts commodities

Corn futures are trading 11 cents higher at midsession. Prices continue to react bullishly to the Federal Reserve’s stimulus announcement. FULL STORY »

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