Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Roundup and Open Thread

A fair amount of news for this Monday morning.

First, Mexico's begun implementing tariffs on American agricultural products, specifically pork, but a number of others as well.  KRVN's first report.  An update with a more thorough list.  And DTN's Livestock Analyst with an editorial on the whole mess as it applies to NAFTA.  This is shaping up to be a situation with no winners. 

I'm sure everyone's about tired of hearing about the egg recall.  Cook 'em if you've got 'em.

AgriNews has a few stories.  First, China's moving to the city by leaps and bounds and able to afford more and more meat.  And, honestly, who doesn't want more bacon?  Second, a new ruling continues to tighten the screws on pesticide applications that fall victim to extra EPA regulation.  Finally, more discussions regarding the world wheat market.  (If you want to delve deeper into that topic, Nick had an excellent rundown on the topic here.)

From DTN, a few more interesting editorials.  One on the potential future of further consolidation in American farming, as is previewed in Brazil.  It's hard to argue with economies of scale when they're economical.  And finally, an interesting take on the really extreme animal extremists.  These guys make the HSUS look eminently reasonable.  (For the record, I suspect the monkey wrenches are a reference to Edward Abbey.)

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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