Despite concerns about declining farm income and dwindling commodity prices, sales of farm tractors and combines all experienced modest bumps last year. According to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, sales of combines and two- and four-wheel-drive tractors all increased between 3 percent to 5 percent in 2017.
No matter if you’re in the crop or livestock business, a pair of analysts think 2018 will bear a striking resemblance to 2017 as established trends continue to be reflected in the markets. Speaking at the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention last week, Keith Coble and Jim Robb separately offered outlooks for the grain and protein sectors. In their remarks, neither pointed to 2018 as the year when commodity markets rebound from several years of depressed prices.
If your next Butterfinger tastes like Nutella, news that was announced Tuesday might explain why. Nestlé has announced plans to sell off its U.S. confectionery business to Ferrero for $2.8 billion in cash in a deal that is expected to close around the end of the first quarter of 2018. Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, and Tic Tacs, will assume ownership of brands like Butterfinger, Crunch and BabyRuth, but not Nestlé’s Toll House baking products.
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".