Surging greenback could help press pause on dollar-denominated commodities

Interest rates were increased by 50 basis points in an early-May Fed meeting, and there was strong insinuation the move would be followed by another hike of 50 points at the June meeting and perhaps several more later this year. Higher yield is attracting [...]

Slight break in world food prices in April

In April, FAO’s Food Price Index (FPI) fell slightly from March, possibly a positive sign after strong food price inflation in previous months. Adjusted for inflation, the FPI was 121.8, down about 0.8 percent from prices in March. The FPI was still up 28 [...]

Fresh record high for FAO Food Price Index in March

FAO reported its Food Price Index (FPI) at a new record in March 2022, about 17 percent above its previous high in early 2011 and up nearly 37 percent YOY (unadjusted for inflation). Adjusted for inflation, the FPI was still a record high in [...]

USDA March milk production report finally shows increase in herd

After eight months of contraction, the national herd finally showed signs of life and an increase of 3,000 head at the end of February. Hopefully this marks the end of the period of culling as farmers are gearing up for spring flush and improvements [...]

Food Price Index reached fresh high in February

FAO’s Food Price Index (FPI) rose again in February, growing 3.9 percent from January to reach a new record high (unadjusted for inflation). February’s FPI was up 20.7 percent YOY, largely on-trend since the FPI has now risen in 17 of the last 20 [...]

Butter stocks rise, herd does not….

In a proverbial good news/bad news sense, the dairy market received updates from USDA on both stocks of dairy products in cold storage as well as an update on the total herd across the country this past week. Last Tuesday, USDA’s cold storage report [...]

Dairy market jittery ahead of key USDA monthly reports

Valentine’s Day must have fanned the flames of dairy bulls as the Fonterra Global Dairy Trade auction registered its third consecutive hike in prices. The Feb. 15 event saw prices rise across all product categories with a cumulative growth of 4.2 percent. Core products [...]

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