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Weekend reads: Ways to cut costs and marketing opportunities

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4 stories from Farm Futures this week that you may want to read again or for the first time.

You made it to the weekend. Have a little more time to read? Here's four stories from Farm Futures this week that go well with lingering in the house before tackling the next project on the to-do list.

  • The 4 things grain farmers should watch for in March - Extreme price swings, dynamic fundamentals, and strong global demand are creating an exciting bull market. But what's ahead in March? Keep an eye on the weather in Brazil, the WADSE report on March 9 and the March 31 Prospective Plantings report.
  • Vilsack: Different time, different person from previous time at USDA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was sworn in Wednesday. One of his first items of business includes a focus on climate change.
  • The race for profits starts now - After two years of rain, delays, a derecho, lockdowns and now a sustained rally, the Corn Belt feels like a powder keg ready to explode. Boom times may be here, but there’s always the risk of going bust, which is why getting off to a good start is critical. After six years of disappointing prices, 2021 suddenly looks like a chance to make balance sheets healthy again.
  • 6 cost-cutting tactics to consider this year - In the latest Farm Futures grower survey, we asked respondents to answer the question: “What are some lesser-known cost-cutting tactics you deploy on your operation?” Some common themes emerged among the responses. Check out six as you ready yourself for the 2021 growing season.
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