Soybean and corn futures were mixed in overnight trading, as investors weigh strong demand against harvest pressure.
Sales of soybeans since the start of the marketing year on September 1 are up 24% vs. the same time frame a year ago, according to the Department of Agriculture. Sales of corn have jumped almost 85% year over year, the USDA said in a report on Thursday. Still, 61% of corn and 76% of soybeans have been harvested so far, bringing supplies to the market. The USDA still believes production of both crops will be record high this year.
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This session will explore the migration of people from rural to urban areas through a series of personal stories delivered by people who have experienced migration, are longing to migrate, and work in the area of migration.
Using experiential storytelling and innovative design sprint methodology, participants will work together to understand the underlying challenges presented in the stories, brainstorm possible solutions and prototype a number of those solutions. The session will be carried out as a facilitated intergenerational dialogue, with participants expected from a range of geographies, backgrounds and ages.
Investing in agriculture is not enough to reduce poverty because the rural poor are often engaged in multiple economic activities. While pro-poor growth starts with agriculture, reducing rural poverty requires increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, creating jobs, fostering economic diversification and investing in people.