Some of the most popular blog posts this week. Have you read them yet?
Packers' Congressional "Minions" vs. USDA
Steve Cornett, Out to Pasture
GIPSA brought a firestorm of protest and counter protest and drew 2,000 producers and union boosters to Colorado for a much-ballyhooed "listening" session featuring two members of President Obama’s cabinet and a not-inconsiderable dose of rhetorical histrionics on both sides and then dropped off the radar and is resurfacing in the House of Representatives.
Hedging Tools to Manage Dairy Margin and Milk Basis Risks Are Available
Know Your Market, Dairy Today
Understanding hedging tools and variables – from the Midwest to California – can help influence your basis risk, or the difference between cash and futures prices.
Corn Exports Beat Expectations, Even as Dollar Strengthens
Kevin McNew, Cash Grain Insights
Despite nearly a dollar added to the price of corn in the last couple weeks, export sales were slightly better than expected.
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Soap Opera Set in a Corn Field
Margy Fischer, Machinery Journal
As the Corn Grows is a series set in fictional Sweet Swine County that aims to give a tongue-and-cheek look at rural life. The story follows big-city girl (Urban Katie) who leaves behind her city life to move to Southern Minnesota after inheriting a farm from her Aunt Ella.
SPECIAL UPDATE – Russia
Kevin Van Trump, Current Marketing Thoughts
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that the country will lift its ban on grain exports on July 1st. Remember, the Russian government banned exports of wheat, barley, rye, corn and flour last August after a severe drought and heat wave cut the country's grain production by almost 40%.
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