Rick Kment

DTN Analyst
Rick Kment
Rick Kment is DTN's ethanol and dairy analyst. Rick joined DTN in March 2005. He has more than 15 years of experience in the agribusiness and dairy industries, including five years managing his own farm and nine years working with agricultural producers and agribusinesses throughout the Midwest on animal nutrition and farm management.

Rick graduated from Kansas State University where he received an animal science degree, focusing on animal nutrition and management. After spending several years in the industry he returned to the University of Nebraska to earn an MBA in agribusiness focused on leadership development and agricultural finance and management.

Rick was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. He has lived in several locations in the Midwest. He currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife Jacki and sons Cole and Quinn.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Moderate pressure quickly developed in live cattle and lean hog trade Friday. Although the tone of the market remains generally stable ahead of the weekend break, the lack of overall beef demand support is concerning for the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Trade Friday is expected to be focused on position adjusting with traders getting books in order for the upcoming long holiday weekend, while limited to moderate adjustments are likely ahead of the afternoon Cattle on Feed...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm buyer support is seen in most livestock trade early Thursday morning as traders focus on potential fundamental support and steady increases in daily slaughter numbers through the week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm cash market gains and limited pre-holiday futures activity is expected to lead to market adjustments as traders expect to see limited activity late in the week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Follow-through pressure in lean hog futures trade is expected early Wednesday morning with traders focusing on the aggressive losses in pork cutout values. Cattle trade is expected mixed in a limited range.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Cattle futures are holding light to moderate losses in opening minutes of trade. The limited volume Tuesday is allowing traders to cover gains seen over the last couple of sessions, although current losses are unable to dampen the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Underlying market firmness is starting to develop in cattle trade as futures markets are finding support despite the sharp pullback in boxed beef values. This could allow for additional buyer support to steadily move into the...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Live cattle futures are showing significant buyer support early Monday morning as firm late week cash market gains and underlying support is offsetting concerns of lower wholesale beef values.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The market volatility during the first half of May in all livestock markets is expected to continue as wholesale meat values are likely to show further significant pressure as the week continues.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Active price support in June live cattle futures set an optimistic pace Friday. There is still limited support through the entire complex following recent losses and falling wholesale prices, but late week traders remain optimistic.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Active pressure in boxed beef values the last two weeks is establishing a weaker trend in the cattle complex as expected, but a correction from previous gains appears to be developing.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm weakness Wednesday left a combination of mixed price shifts early Thursday. Traders are focusing on the direction in meat values during upcoming days.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Boxed beef values posted record "one day" losses Wednesday, creating a tipping point and expected follow-through pressure. This is expected to add to widespread losses in live cattle trade Thursday morning.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Back-and-forth limit moves in live cattle futures through the week and aggressive market swings in all livestock trade continue to keep volatility high Wednesday morning.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    The focus on early gains Tuesday quickly was dispelled as prices pulled back from session highs with continued underlying pressure from Monday's losses sparking additional selling activity.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Little has changed in the overall fundamental or technical market picture the last few days, allowing livestock futures to shift lower early in the week with little effort. Limit losses Monday in live cattle futures is expected to add...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The livestock industry is trying to assess what the new normal is as slow but steady growth in the packing capacity is likely to help reduce some supply concerns. As increased measures to reopen the economy, there is more focus...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Limit gains Wednesday in cattle trade focused on potential market improvement as traders seem to feel the worst may be behind us when it comes to processing struggles of packing plants. The focus on returning plant production...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Limited success in reopening previously closed packing plants and additional closing of plants in Nebraska continues to cause pressure through the entire livestock complex. The surging wholesale meat values remain disconnected with...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders continue to focus on the efforts packers around the country are making to ensure safe working conditions and get plants back running through the upcoming days. The hope that increased plant stability will stabilize meat...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm gains have slowly but consistently moved into livestock trade as traders pick up where they left off Friday. The underlying pressure in outside markets is showing only limited uncertainty in livestock trade.