World food prices up for tenth straight month

Adjusted for inflation, FAO’s Food Price Index rose over 2 percent from February and was up 25 percent YOY. This was the tenth straight month of gains for the price index. For 2021 through March, food prices are up 17 percent year on year [...]

March cattle on feed at 12.0 million head

As of Mar. 1, U.S. cattle on feed totaled 12.0 million head, down 1 percent on the month but up about 2 percent YOY. Headcount was a record high for the month of March. This may give some indication of potential feed demand growth [...]

Strong February gains for the Food Price Index

FAO reported the February Food Price Index (inflation adjusted) up almost 15 percent from January. The index saw gains for nine straight months and is now at its highest point since 2011. Every single subindex gained in February, with the strongest gains seen for [...]

Butter stocks surge as milk supply grows

Two major news releases from USDA on Tuesday, Feb.23, prompted a counterintuitive market reaction as prices firmed toward the end of the week. The Cold Storage Report showed AA salted butter stocks at 328 million pounds through January 2021. To put that in perspective, [...]

February cattle on feed at multiyear high

As of Feb. 1, U.S. cattle on feed totaled just over 12.1 million head, the second highest February total since reporting began in 1996. Inventory was up 1 percent from January and up about 1 percent YOY, slightly above industry expectations. The high number [...]

FAO: World food prices up nearly 8.8% YOY in January

FAO reported its January food price index up 2.7 percent from December and up 8.8 percent YOY (adjusted for inflation). Month on month, its component subindexes were either up (cereals, oils, sugar) or nearly flat (meat, dairy). Year on year, nearly all subindexes made [...]

Price of Thanksgiving meal down 5.8%

In the U.S., the nongovernmental American Farm Bureau Federation reports that a meal for ten would cost about $46.90 at the grocery store (not adjusted for inflation). The figure, based on a nationwide survey, is down 4 percent from the estimate of $48.91 last [...]

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