Management

Risk & Profit Conference Aug 18-19

Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host its annual Risk and Profit Conference and Trade Show Thursday-Friday, Aug. 18-19 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. One of the keynote addresses will be from Fred Seamon, associate director of commodity research and product development with the CME Group. He will present “Hedging in…

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Livestock & Liability

By: Lauren Caggiano Cari Rincker is a New York City-based attorney with expertise in issues pertaining to the agricultural industry. Rincker contends feedyards are faced with a myriad of liability issues. First, she recommends operators should seek counsel on environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. To that end Rincker…

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It’s all about inflation

By: Luke Schwieterman In Econ 101 we learned that inflation is too many dollars chasing too few goods.  That seems to define the commodity market at the current time.  Supply is unable to keep up with demand. In the US, beef imports are lower and exports are higher.  USDA just released the import/export report for…

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Resolving Conflicts

By: Don Tyler Handling conflicts between employees requires a very different approach because the source of conflict is almost always emotional, not logical. Let’s face it, if conflicts were logical then the people involved would go through a systematic process similar to the one already mentioned and come to a logical solution. Once resolved, there…

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Protecting costs in a bull market

By: Luke Schwieterman Cattle continue their trek higher as this week’s trade began at $111 ($5.00 more than last week) being paid at feedlots. The squeeze between imports and exports continues with December beef imports down 23.7 percent over last year and exports up 31.5 percent. As we discussed in the last article, this shift…

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