Weekly Insights

November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving 2021 Reading List

Dear Readers, Happy Thanksgiving. With a busy week of travel and holiday dinners ahead, we depart from our usual posts to share a fun reading list. First, a couple of fascinating articles on fraud: Organic Fraud in the Show-Me State While the story isn’t new, the New Yorker recently did a deep-dive that pulls back […]

November 15, 2021

2021 Turkey Production and Inventory Trends

Reviewing the Holiday Season’s Turkey Supply Given all the attention about food prices headed into the holiday season, let’s step back and consider the underlying supply situation. With turkey on our minds, this week’s post digs into the monthly production and cold storage data for turkey, which have been tight this fall. While 88% of […]

November 8, 2021

Announcing Season 2 of AEI.ag Presents!

“Corn Saves America” explores agriculture’s role in environmental solutions, then and now Podcast Origin Story In August 2020, as corn futures prices approached $3.00 per bushel, the AEI team was regularly asked: “Is this a repeat of the Farm Financial Crisis of the 1980s?” It was an important and relevant question but nearly impossible to […]

November 1, 2021

What’s Going On With Inflation and Food Prices?

Eight Charts That Add Perspective to a Complicated Situation When it comes to the state of the economy, recent news headlines have gotten more and more dire. America is running out of everything. CEOs say that people will just have to get used to higher food prices. The inflation pressure is now “brutal.” So – […]

October 25, 2021

Carving Out the Latest U.S. Pumpkin Production Data

According to the National Retail Federation, 44% of Americans plan to carve a pumpkin as part of their Halloween festivities this year. Have you ever wondered how far your Jack-o’-lantern might have traveled to reach your doorstep? This post explores key stats about pumpkin production in the United States and challenges facing the industry in […]

October 18, 2021

More Treats Than Tricks: The Farm Economy In 2021

There has been no shortage of worrisome news for agriculture throughout 2021: growing ending stocks, higher input prices, and tax reform, to name a few. But while there are many risks and uncertainties on the watchlist, it is important not to lose sight of an overall positive story. Strong Net Farm Income In early September, […]