Outlook for the protein sectors: 2014 and beyond
January 23, 2014
Given the current lower cost of feed, the protein sectors should create better margins for producers and processors. In this moderated and interactive panel discussion, Wells Fargo agricultural consultants discuss and debate perceived opportunities and risks within the different protein sectors.

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New Farm Bill becomes law (January/February 2014)

A new comprehensive Farm Bill known as the "Agricultural Act of 2014" is finally law of the land. One word sums up the 950-page bill: reform.

California wine industry update (January/February 2014)

California, which produces 90% of the wine made in the U.S., will report another large grape crush when the preliminary estimate is released in February 2014.

Corn and soybean crop acreage and options for 2014 (January/February 2014)

The outlook for corn and soybean planting in 2014 differs significantly from a year ago with corn acres down.

California drought conditions increase agribusiness challenges (January/February 2014)

Early indications from both federal and state water agencies suggest severely reduced water supplies for the coming crop year.

California pistachio industry update: The "happy nut" brings a smile to Central Valley growers (November/December 2013)

Pistachios, like almonds, have been a very profitable crop for California growers and handlers in recent years.

U.S. seafood consumption declines on increased prices and decreasing supply (November/December 2013)

Higher prices and reduced seafood supply have taken a toll on U.S. per capita fish consumption, according to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) figures released in late October.

Outlook for protein prices: 2014 and beyond (November/December 2013)

The rapid and significant drop in feed costs at the end of 2013 sets the protein market up for an opportunity to see feeding margins recover from recent historic lows.

Crop insurance: 2013 Farm Bill commentary (November/December 2013)

As Wells Fargo's federal government relations director focused on agriculture, I have recently spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill discussing the 2013 Farm Bill.

Changing U.S. grain price dynamics (September/October 2013)

The era of cheap gasoline led many U.S. policy makers to assume that growth in consumption would continue, no matter what happened to prices or biofuels policy.

2013 U.S. soybean harvest exports to China: Trends in payment terms and trade finance (September/October 2013)

With the harvest season nearing, U.S. exporters and Chinese buyers are hard at work planning this fall-winter wave of soybeans westward over the Pacific.

California dairy update (September/October 2013)

Despite a recent promising futures curve for both corn and milk, California dairy producers are waiting to see what happens with the corn crop in the Midwest.

Florida orange industry update: Production, supplies, and risks (September/October 2013)

Orange production has declined 35% over the last 15 years, largely because of disease issues throughout the state and reduced acreage levels.

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Wells Fargo Agricultural Industries presents this analysis as a complimentary service to its employees and customers. It cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the sources of data. And, commodity prices are extremely volatile based on unforeseeable changes. These estimates will change with all new market changes.