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Articles from 2016 In December


Meat Market Update | Round and chuck prices up, offsets drooping Choice ribs

Meat Market Update

The big items in last week's wholesale beef market were the improving rally in the round and chuck primal, which offset the declining Choice rib primal. The daily Choice round has rallied about $30 in the past few weeks which is higher than normal for this time of the year. It doesn't normally rally this much until after the first of the year, which has pushed the cutout quite a bit higher.

 

FFA Chapter Tribute: Top of the 2016 crop

The top three FFA Chapters of the year are awarded this week, coming in 3rd is Bronaugh FFA, Bronaugh Missouri, in 2nd the Paoli FFA, Paoli Indiana, and coming in 1st place is Holden FFA, Holden Missouri.

This Week in Agribusiness, December 31, 2016


Part 1

Max Armstrong opens this week’s special episode with a review of what is to come, a look back at important events from this year, and Orion Samuelson’s interview with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack one last time. Max Armstrong talks to Mike Pearson, host, Market to Market, about the big stories of 2016. Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Network, comments on issues his part of the country faced this year.

Part 2

Max Armstrong talks to Duane Murley, KWMT – Fort Dodge, Iowa, about the crops produced in the state this year. The top three FFA Chapters of the year are awarded this week, third is Bronaugh FFA, Bronaugh Mo.; in second, the Paoli FFA, Paoli Ind., and in first place is Holden FFA, Holden, Mo. And Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje gives an overview of what to expect from winter in 2017.

Part 3

Max Armstrong talks to farm broadcaster Steve Bridge, WFMB – Springfield, Illinois, about the year farmer’s had in his area of the country.

Part 4

Orion Samuelson begins his interview with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for a historic eighth time.

Part 5

Orion Samuelson continues his interview with Tom Vilsack.

Part 6 

Orion Samuelson continues his last conversation with Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, who talks about his humble beginnings and his time in office.

Part 7

Once again, Orion changes Sameulson Sez to Secretary Sez, so Tom Vilsack can give one last insight as Secretary of Agriculture.

A This Week in Agribusiness Tradition: Secretary Sez

Orion hands the reins to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who uses this opportunity to thank the citizens he has served, everyone working in the American agriculture industry, and thanks his family for their continued support.

Do your ranch goals & family lifestyle match?

Amanda Radke New Year

When times are good, as they were briefly in 2014 and 2015, it can be easy for familial expectations and lifestyle expenses to creep up. It’s tempting to buy the new truck, take the vacation or splurge on the kids. However, with calves worth nearly half this year what they were last, families may need to reevaluate their ranch goals and adjust the standard of living, which according to some reports has crept up to nearly $90,000 annually.

A new year brings a clean slate for ranching families to start fresh. Realistic goals, long-term dreams and budget crunching are all critical components of living and working in multi-generation operations. It takes communication and having everyone on the same page in order to work toward these goals and dreams while also keeping family members happy and affording the costs of raising kids these days.

As 2017 gets underway, I believe that the downward market trend will continue. While we may see some operations go belly up, the producers who are proactive and disciplined will be the ones who will find success.

I recently read an article about setting goals and being the best you can be in 2017. While the list may seem lofty, I think there are some valid points that can be applied to a family ranching operation.

 “Sometimes, to become successful, and get closer to the person we can become, we don’t need to add more things, we need to give up on some of them,” writes Zdravko Cvijetic for medium.com. “There are certain things that are universal, which, if you give up on them, you will be successful, even though each one of us could have a different definition of success.”

Cvijetic lists 13 things to give up on in 2017, including a short-term mindset, excuses, perfectionism and an unhealthy lifestyle, just to name a few.

You can read his short list for being the best you in 2017 by clicking here.

Additionally, you may have some goals for the ranch you would like to implement in 2017. Perhaps it’s updating old fencing. Maybe it’s upgrading your herd bulls. Quite possibly, with low prices, you may be looking to take advantage and expand your herd. Whatever your goals might be, financial guru Dave Ramsey offers smart ways to set and stick to goals.

In a recent article titled, “Smart goal setting,” Ramsey explains that while 48% of Americans make New Year resolutions, only 8% end up keeping them. What’s more, Ramsey writes that goals without plans are dreams.

Find Ramsey’s steps to set smart goals by clicking here.

What are your goals for 2017? What are your plans for seeing these goals become reality? Share your strategies in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.

MIDDAY-Midwest Digest-December 30, 2016

Max Armstrong offers a look at a January 1 event in several states - a boost to the minimum wage. Twenty states will boost wages for workers including several Midwest states. He explores how those increases impact retailers. The winter meeting season starts right after the start of the New Year. And Max shares that this last week of the year has been filled with year-end requests for charities - and he advises you check out any charity where you donate. He notes that several groups may not have an agenda that agrees with you. He also suggests some others to consider.

Midwest Digest is a twice-daily look at news from around the Midwest. Veteran broadcaster Max Armstrong offers news and commentary for the region.

Farm Progress America - December 30, 2016

Max Armstrong offers some interesting insights, and motivational quotes, from Walt Disney. Max shares these as an end-of-the-year reflection noting that the insights from the "man behind the mouse" are applicable to farmers too. Disney, who in his early days flirted with financial disaster, ended up building what has become over 93 years, a massive media empire. His quotes show the drive he took to build the company.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

MORNING-Midwest Digest-December 30, 2016

Max Armstrong offers some insight on "move over" laws requiring drivers to slow and move over if there's an emergency vehicle on the shoulder. Some states are expanding the law to cover all vehicles in the shoulder require you to move over. Max also looks at the strengthening beef market, which appears to be ending the year on a high note. And the industry's eyes are on the new Administration's trade moves after Jan. 20. And he shares that 2016 was a quiet year for tornadoes, with a death toll the lowest in 30 years.

Midwest Digest is a twice-daily look at news from around the Midwest. Veteran broadcaster Max Armstrong offers news and commentary for the region.

MIDDAY-Midwest Digest - December 29, 2016

Max Armstrong looks at markets including traders' eyes on the upcoming wheat report, including talk that Kansas cut back significantly. There's greater attention to "move over" laws, which require drivers to move over when they see emergency vehicles on the shoulder; and Max shares the history of the Illinois version of the law known there as Scott's Law. And he reminds drivers to be cautious.

Midwest Digest is a twice-daily look at news from around the Midwest. Veteran broadcaster Max Armstrong offers news and commentary for the region.

MORNING-Midwest Digest - December 29, 2016

Max Armstrong talks about the dangers of severe cold weather, especially to the elderly. A Michigan mother wants a major retailer to change how it displays candy and magazines. He also looks at 2016 ethanol production levels, including how exports and domestic demand have boosted sales from Iowa's 43 plants. And the new Missouri Ag Director is Chris Chinn, an active Farm Bureau member, and was one of the first Faces of Farming and Ranching from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

And finally, Max shares news that the Salvation Army had a slow holiday start, but it appears that the kettles got filled as Christmas neared.

Midwest Digest is a twice-daily look at news from around the Midwest. Veteran broadcaster Max Armstrong offers news and commentary for the region.