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August Newsletter

Feature Article – Contracting Comparisons
There has been a proliferation in the use of swaps contracts over the years as both a speculative and risk management tool, and this includes the agricultural space as well. We will devote a series of articles to discuss each of these various contracting alternatives in depth. Click on the banner to read this month’s newsletter and learn more about this important work.

August Margin Watch Summaries
We review current forward margins for the crop, hog, dairy and beef cattle industries in our regular Margin Watch reports. A recent focus on macroeconomic events as they relate to China’s growth deceleration has reverberated back to our shores and affected the equities market in particular. Despite relative margin stability over the past month, this economic slowdown for a major producer and consumer of agricultural goods should have a profound impact on the forward margins of crop and livestock producers in the U.S. for some time to come.