Crop Market Update: January 30, 2015

Corn prices have dropped off a bit despite positive news filtering in over the last week. Thursday’s Greenville cash corn is 16 cents lower than a week ago, while nearby March futures contracts are also 16 cents lower than a … Continue reading

What do expert economists know?

Warning: thinking about this topic may blow your mind. First some background before getting to my main point: One thing environmental economists do is estimate the value of things we like about the environment (more birdies, cleaner air, etc.). The … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 23, 2015

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle were lower once again this week. The five-area fed steers price ended the week at $159.51, live, and $256.03, dressed; respectively, down $3.63 and $7.41. Cash trades in Texas and Kansas were reported at $160 … Continue reading

January Cattle on Feed Report Recap

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (Jan 23). The report revealed that 10.690 million head of cattle were in U.S. feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head … Continue reading

Crop Market Update: January 23, 2015

After falling from late December to Mid-January, corn prices are trying to slowly bounce back. Wednesday’s Greenville cash corn is eight cents higher than a week ago, as are nearby March futures contracts. Declining gas prices have put pressure on … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 16, 2015

Cash Cattle: Cash fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steers price ended the week at $163.14, live, and $263.50, dressed; respectively, down $6.74 and $7.12. Cash trades in Kanas were reported at $163-$164.50 for live cattle. In … Continue reading

Corn Yields and Stocks Lowered, Soybean Yields Increased in the First WASDE Report of the Year

After leaving yields untouched in December, the USDA revised corn yields down from 173.4 bu/acre to 171 bu/acre in Monday’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Feed and residual use was revised lower by 100 million bushels while corn … Continue reading

Cattle Market Notes: Week Ending Jan 09, 2015

Note: Happy New Year!! As always, please let me know what you like, dis-like, or want to see added to this market report. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome! Provide a comment below, send me an email, or give me a … Continue reading

Career opportunities in environmental economics

Students often ask me what kinds of jobs environmental economists get. Bob Hartzell has named his list of the top 5 career opportunities in environmental economics. They are (1) environmental consulting, (2) project management, (3) resources policy advocacy, (4) agricultural economics, and … Continue reading