It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season work on their children and grandchildren. With all of this going on, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out for the condition of your Christmas tree.
The Soybean Checkoff, which collects money and then invests it to advance soybean marketing and production technology, talks a lot about U.S. soybean farmers' No. 1 customers - poultry and livestock farmers.
Pork imports by China, the United States' biggest consumer, may rise to a record this year as domestic supply fails to keep pace with demand and low U.S. prices spur state buying to help ease high inflation.
China has made one of its biggest-ever purchases of corn on overseas markets, buying 900,000 metric tons of American corn and showing that growing Chinese demand will play an ever larger role in global grain prices.