Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crop Input Costs Rise

Big Picture Agriculture:

In the USDA’s December issue of Amber Waves, this topic is discussed under the title, “Rising Concentration in Agricultural Input Industries Influences New Farm Technologies“. This article reports that concentration in several global agricultural input industries has risen significantly, and that by 2009, the largest four firms in the five input sectors of crop seed, agricultural chemical, animal health, animal genetics/breeding, and farm machinery accounted for more than 50 percent of global market sales in each sector. Also, by 2009, the top eight firms in each of these five input areas had 61 to 75 percent of the share of global market sales. Ongoing mergers and acquisitions exacerbate this trend.
I guess my investments in agribusiness stocks haven't been a bad idea.  If I'm paying on one side, maybe I can get a little back on the other side.

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