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Big Data: More Than a Lot of Numbers!

  • October 29, 2015
  • Steve Sonka and Yu-Tien Cheng

Big Data - the current buzzword of choice. Today it's very easy to be overwhelmed by the hype promoting Big Data. Farm media, newspapers and general media, and conference speakers…
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Understanding Farmland REITs

  • October 28, 2015
  • Paul Peterson and Todd Kuethe

The pronounced growth in farm real estate values over the last decade has significantly increased the interest in farm real estate as an investment and led to the development of…
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Beef: High Prices Cure High Prices

  • October 26, 2015
  • Chris Hurt

The adage that the cure for high prices is "High Prices" is evident this year in beef markets. Finished cattle prices reached record highs around $170 in late 2014 and…
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2016 Farmland Price Outlook

  • October 20, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Bruce Sherrick and Todd Kuethe

Farmland prices in Illinois decreased modestly during the first half of 2015, and it appears that downward pressures are likely to continue into 2016. While headwinds related to farm income…
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Which Way for Soybean Prices?

  • October 19, 2015
  • Darrel Good

Soybean prices have been on a roller coaster over the past three months. November 2015 soybean futures traded to a high of $10.45 on July 14, declined to a low…
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Is the Corn Crop Overestimated?

  • October 12, 2015
  • Darrel Good

The USDA's October 9 Crop Production report forecast the 2015 U.S. corn crop at 13.555 billion bushels, 30 million bushels smaller than the September forecast and 660 million bushels smaller…
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FDA Revises Definition of “Farm”

  • October 7, 2015
  • A. Bryan Endres & Lisa Schlessinger

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January 2011, is perhaps the most far reaching reform of the food safety system since the enactment of the…
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