(Podcast) Episode 031: Recession Impacts on Cattle Markets

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Anton was recently a guest on Lane Nordlund’s podcast series, discussing how the COVID-19 public health emergency is affecting U.S. beef and cattle markets. They consider topics such how the 2008 recession could provide insights about what might happen in the near future, how mandatory COOL may have play a role, whether market power consolidation by meat packers is influencing how the pandemic is affecting cattle producers, and potential strategies for cattle producers to overcome these unprecedented times of uncertainty.

Listen our conversation here:

(Photo by Alachua County is licensed under CC BY 4.0)

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Dr. Anton Bekkerman is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, joining the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD at North Carolina State University. Bekkerman's primary areas of research are grain marketing, basis and price forecast modeling, understanding how grain prices are affected by changes in supply chain infrastructures and quality demands, and analyzing the economic trade-offs of adopting alternative dryland cropping systems in Montana. One of his current projects is an investigation of how new grain loading technologies are affecting prices that Montana farmers receive for their wheat. Bekkerman is also examining the economic impacts that Montana's rapidly expanding dry pulse industry will have on the state's crop industry. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he has recently made a small step toward production agricultural after acquiring three backyard chickens.

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