U.S. grain prices and demand for grain products will likely not change much, if at all. That forecast comes from Dr. Keith Coble, the Agricultural and Economics Department head at Mississippi State University. He spoke to attendees of the American Farm Bureau national convention during a workshop on global crop trends and the U.S. farm policy forecast for the year ahead. Unless some kind of a major market disruption occurs, such as intense weather damage or overseas market changes, 2018 will likely look a lot like 2017.
“We really aren’t seeing anything that will significantly move the markets up or down in the short-term,” Coble said, “We’re going to see more sideways movement in the markets.”
He called cotton one of the most promising commodities in the year ahead. Coble addressed the outlooks for many of the major commodities, including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice, predicting very little change.
Coble also spoke about the future of crop insurance. “The overall percentage of the farm bill taken up by the commodity programs has diminished because of a shift away from Title 1 programs and toward crop insurance.” His prediction on the farm bill is minor tweaks to the legislation because of the short window that comes with an election year.
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