Category Archives: Syndicated Posts

Are We Shifting to Fewer, Weaker Atlantic Hurricanes? 9/07/2015

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CME Group Special Executive Report SER-7399 – Declaration of Force Majeure at Corn and Soybean Shipping Stations Due to Flooding on the Illinois River 6/17/2015

View in your browser To Members, Member Firms and Market Users From Market Regulation Department Advisory Number SER-7399 Advisory Date 17 June 2015 Effective Date 17 June 2015 SER Effective immediately and until further notice, pursuant to CBOT Rule 701 … Continue reading

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Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads 5/12/2015

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With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine 4/22/2015

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Pork’s Boom and Bust Price Pattern

Markets can take your breath away and the hog market over the past year has left many breathless. A year-ago in March, the new PED virus was the talk in the livestock media. Baby pig death losses of nearly 100 percent were the reality for some herds. The disease was not well understood and was spreading rapidly. There was trade talk that death losses were so high that 20 percent of pork production could be lost in 2014. Unfortunately, in the early stages the pork industry had no way of measuring the national baby pig death losses. Fear set in among some pork buyers-"What if bacon was not available to put on fast food hamburgers, What if tasty BLT sandwiches have to become only LT sandwiches?" Hog and pork prices exploded to record highs with the national live price reaching $100 per hundredweight. Continue reading

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Beef Expansion Is Underway

The nation’s cattle producers are expanding the herd at a somewhat faster rate than had been anticipated. In the semi-annual update of cattle numbers, USDA said that the total number of cattle and calves had increased by somewhat more than one p… Continue reading

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This is the letter from EPA to the Argentine biodiesel group that petitioned to change the way biodiesel esters are audited to certify place of origin of the soybean crop – this is the only EPA official document released 1/28/2015

Anne Frick will have more to say in writing letter today, but this letter only says the audit of Argentine soybean oil esters for place of origin can be done on behalf of all Argentine members of CARBIO. There is … Continue reading

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My email headline should have said “EPA MAY allow imports..” Here is a copy of the letter to US EPA that the US Biodiesel Association urges US industry to send EPA objecting to the request by Argentine companies 1/28/2015

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S&P cuts Russian credit rating to Junk status (below investment grade) 1/26/2015

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-26/russia-credit-rating-cut-to-junk-by-s-p-for-first-time-in-decade.html  

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CME raises margins for copper and natgas futures 1/16/2015

15-Jan-2015 16:28 – CME RAISES COMEX COPPER FUTURES (HG) INITIAL MARGINS FOR SPECS BY 17.2 PCT TO $3,740 PER CONTRACT FROM $3,190 15-Jan-2015 16:30 – CME RAISES NATURAL GAS HENRY HUB FUTURE (NG) INITIAL MARGINS FOR SPECS BY 9.5 PCT … Continue reading

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