April 3, 2024 | Vol. 16 : No. 4-A

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FAPRI Baseline

FAPRI Releases Baseline Food and Agricultural Outlook Report

The University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute’s latest baseline report reflects downward shifts in commodity prices and farm income.

Farm commodity prices have tumbled from the peak levels they rose to during spring 2022 — and new projections suggest that downward pressure on prices could continue throughout 2024 and beyond. Cattle offer a bright spot with levels still above 2015-2020 levels.

News & Notes

News from around the country pertinent to farmers and ranchers.

This month’s “News & Notes” features updates on planting intentions; highlights of the Quarterly Hogs & Pigs report; availability of the Iowa Beef Center’s feedlot webinar series; CAB scholarship application deadlines; and details for two upcoming meetings — one in Texas and one in Missouri.

2024 Farm Stress Summit Provides Mental Health Resources for Georgia Farm Communities

With suicide rates in the ag community on the rise, summit addresses myths, tools to prevent and resources to help.

As Georgia’s No. 1 industry, agriculture pumps billions of dollars into the state’s economy each year. Headlines often highlight Georgia’s commodities — peanuts, blueberries, poultry and more. Yet, one aspect of agriculture is often not discussed — the farmers themselves.

March 20, 2024 | Vol. 16 : No. 3-B

Saving the Herd With Milo Grazing

Using standing milo as a feed source is a practice producers can bank on.

Missouri cattle producer John Chamberlin didn’t want to sell his cows when drought lingered and hay supplies and forages dwindled last year.

With more than 600 head of Angus cows, Chamberlin looked to the internet for ideas. A University of Missouri Extension video on the benefits of grazing standing milo intrigued him.

From the Field

Three regional managers share considerations for managing replacement heifers.

With bulls either already or soon-to-be purchased across the country, the other half of a successful operation now comes to the forefront: replacement females.

Packer Margins Fall as Head Counts Decrease

Fed-cattle weights trend counter-seasonally higher.

Fed-cattle futures turned sharply lower March 14. Technical factors may have driven the reversal, but as we look at supply data, a couple of things stand out. Packers continue to struggle with margins, with the gross margin currently well below pre‐pandemic levels.