Doesn’t everyone buy milk during a crisis?

Anyone familiar with winter storms or hurricanes can relate to scary weather forecasts and runs to the grocery stores for milk, bread, eggs, and the like. Given the spread of COVID-19 concerns, school closures, and business shutdowns, a trip to the grocery shop now [...]

Mixed moves in February for Food Price Indexes

For February, FAO is reporting its overall Food Price Index (inflation adjusted) down 1.0 percent from January 2020, though still up 8.1 percent from February 2019. Year on year, the individual subindexes are up by high single digits or higher. The one exception is [...]

U.S. dairy herd on the mend

Last week’s USDA Milk Production report showed January output (24 major states) up 1.2 percent compared to January last year. December production was revised and is now up 1.3 percent from December 2018. In total, 2019 milk production was up 0.4 percent YOY on [...]

Dairy prices retreat as coronavirus spreads

As confirmed coronavirus cases and fatalities mount—mostly but not solely within mainland China—dairy prices eased in the most recent Global Dairy Trade auction falling by nearly 5 percent. Travel restrictions and reduced growth forecasts as a result of the virus are curbing future demand [...]

Growth for most food price indexes at close of 2019

In December 2019, the FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) saw growth of 12.5 percent YOY (all figures adjusted for inflation). The FFPI saw YOY in the seven months from July through December, allowing the index to close 2019 down just 0.2 percent YOY. Of [...]

December milk output shows unremarkable lead-up to 2020

The January milk production report this week showed a modest rise of 0.9 percent in 24-state milk production in December 2019 vs. a year prior. Production per cow (yield) was nearly unchanged YOY, and the total number of milk cows was unchanged from both [...]

New Zealand dairy: Out like a lamb, in like a lion

Three weeks ago, in the heaviest time of the year for milk deliveries and production, the Global Dairy Trade auction registered broad-based weakness across the dairy complex. Prices in most categories fell just over 5 percent at that event as heavy volumes and lower [...]

Australian wildfires visible from space

Having burned through over 15.6 million acres, the Australian wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate. Fires have been particularly intense along Australia’s east coast, with New South Wales suffering severe damage and Victoria declaring a state of disaster. Coastal communities, where fires were fanned [...]