For the last 40 years, Jim Bower, president of Bower Trading Inc., has seen a lot of changes in how farmers and the markets use technology. The last five years, he says has seen the biggest difference for traders of all sizes. While he says he misses the relationship building from the old board of trade, technology allows him to get better feedback. As for farming, he says hybrid technology has driven the yield increases especially in 2017.
The latest Cattle on Feed report from November showed inventory has increased 6 percent from 2016 numbers. The pork herd is also continuing to grow at near record levels, and it appears production won’t be slowing down any time soon with new pork plants that came online in 2017. Julianne Johnston, digital managing editor with Pro Farmer, is expecting both herds to grow moving into 2018. The only caveat is could be demand not syncing with supply.
Holiday buying is starting to slow down at retailers, but cattle prices are still hanging tough. Matt Bennett, founder of Bennett Consulting, says the cattle market has been inverted for “quite some time” and profit margins have been holding steady. “The thing that’s tough for me is buying feeders right now and then hedge on out on the fats,” he said on AgDay.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".