Feb 28, 2012
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TEPAP 2012 Financials

The 22nd year of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) was a record-setter for attendance. Under the leadership of Dr. Danny Klinefelter of Texas A&M University, spaces at Barton Creek Resort were sold out by October for the first and second year groups. Producers traveled from 26 states, Canada, Europe and Australia to participate in these two classes of intense agricultural executive education....More
Feb 28, 2012
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MF Global Bankruptcy Affects Agriculture

Farming is a business that involves a certain amount of risk, whether it be weather risk, disease risk, financial risk, marketing risk, etc., and most farm operators have developed strategies to manage those risks. One of the strategies that is used to manage grain and livestock marketing risk is to lock-in a profitable price for the grain or livestock that is being produced, using forward contracts or price “hedging” positions. One risk that farmers have never worried about is that the so-called segregated funds that they have in a grain or livestock hedging account would somehow be at risk. This all changed on Oct. 31, 2011, when a company called MF Global Financial filed for bankruptcy....More
Feb 28, 2012
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Smaller Chinese Grain Crop Seen

Reports China’s agriculture ministry does not anticipate another record grain harvest for that country in 2012 will likely help put corn traders on alert for fresh Chinese purchases of U.S. corn and cause them to build at least a modest demand premium into futures....More
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