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Stress on the Farm and in Rural America:  Resources are Available

Stress on the Farm and in Rural America: Resources are Available

As the problem of stress related issues becomes more visible, the onset of COVID-19 has only escalated those stress levels for everyone as they transition to a time of working remotely, or not working at all.

Market Closes - March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
Market Closes - March 26, 2020

Again today, CBOT fut ures closed widely mixed with corn and soybeans near steady, while wheat contracts ended significantly lower. Cattle futures closed sharply lower with some live cattle contracts down the $3.00 limit (will be $4.50 tomorrow). Lean Hog futures also closed sharply lower to as much as limit down.

Market Closes - March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020
Market Closes - March 25, 2020

CBOT futures closed widely mixed with some interesting price action. Wheat was the upside leader as the world sources wheat to build flour inventories. After posting limit-up days on Monday and Tuesday, live cattle and feeder cattle futures closed mostly lower except for the nearby contracts. Lean Hog futures closed moderately lower, pressured by lower pork cutout values yesterday and again today.

Market Closes - March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
Market Closes - March 24, 2020

CBOT futures closed steady to slightly higher today after Monday’s strong market.For the second day in a row, cattle futures closed up the daily limit (which was expanded for today’s trade and will be at these limits again tomorrow). Lean Hog futures closed strongly higher, rising for the sixth straight day. 

Broadband Connectivity: Needed Now More Than Ever
March 24, 2020
Broadband Connectivity: Needed Now More Than Ever

With the many school and business closures that have come due to concerns over the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), working from home has become more commonplace than most people likely ever dreamed of.

Market Closes - March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020
Market Closes - March 23, 2020

CBOT futures closed steady in corn to sharply higher in wheat and the soy complex.  Live cattle and feeder cattle futures opened up the daily limit and did not trade into the close.  Lean hog futures also closed strongly higher to limit-up. This 5-day rally in April LH has brought prices near the March high of $66.37. 

A Different World; The Same Mission While dealing with COVID-19, Farm Families are Still Doing What They Do Best
March 23, 2020
A Different World; The Same Mission While dealing with COVID-19, Farm Families are Still Doing What They Do Best

A few short weeks ago, most citizens in Kentucky, and across the country, were preparing for spring and all the activities the new season would bring. But since the onset of COVID-19, the coronavirus, most have hunkered down close to home hoping to wait this pandemic out.