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Business & Inputs

Higher interest rates and input costs are siphoning off much of the upside on beef prices for those at the cow-calf level. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

A more profitable cow-calf sector equals a more sustainable beef industry moving forward.

World & Policy

Posted by Liubov Georges

New York Mercantile Exchange oil futures and Brent crude traded on the Intercontinental Exchange settled Friday's session with sharp losses propelled by a spike in the U.S. dollar index.

Farm Life

Sam Sparks III has farmland along the border wall built to separate the U.S. and Mexico. If the wall is ever fully installed, his farm will essentially be cut in half. (DTN photo By Dan Miller)
Posted by Dan Miller

Each year Dan Miller gets the opportunity to profile DTN/Progressive Farmer America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. Visiting them at their homes and fields, meeting their families, and learning more about their lives easily make this Miller's favorite story assignment of the year.

What DTN Is Watching

The U.S. Labor Department will release nonfarm payrolls for January and the monthly unemployment report at 7:30 a.m. CST, Friday's main attractions. Traders will watch over the latest weather forecasts and pause at 8 a.m. to see if USDA has an export sale announcement.


A burst of arctic air with the polar vortex continues in the Midwest where some lake-effect snows are occurring. A front is finally being pushed out of the Southeast where showers continue for the day. While eastern areas are getting colder, the Plains are getting warmer as a ridge of high pressure spreads eastward. The next system is moving into the West Coast, which will have implications east of the Rockies for next week.