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Rabobank Releases Annual North American Food & Agribusiness Outlook
Date:12/21/2007

p>"Future export performance will be influenced by: U.S. dollar movements; ongoing market access constraints and trade reform; competition from other meat exporters; cost competitiveness; and the threat of unforeseen events, such as disease," said FAR Executive Director Fiona Boal. "Despite the fact that many, if not all, of these factors are outside of the control of individual industry participants, the U.S. meat industry should not lose sight of the fact that the benefits of exporting and competing on the world stage far outweigh the risks."

Developments in Biofuels

Within the United States, feed continues to account for most of the demand in grains and oilseeds but the most important driver of growth, particularly for corn, continues to be the biofuel sector.

In 2007, the enthusiastic attitude of the market toward ethanol and corn were tempered by caution. Questions arose over issues such as whether the United States was approaching an ethanol surplus, and whether levels of transportation and infrastructure were capable of servicing the ethanol segment.

"After a strong performance in the 2007/2008 calendar year, corn acreage in the United States is likely to dip slightly, as some growers take advantage of higher soybean prices, and respond cautiously to a re-adjustment of the ethanol market structure," said FAR Vice President Michael Whitehead. "However, as the ethanol market in the United States becomes more efficient, and as U.S. government support for biofuels solidifies, a return to strong corn acreage and good prices seem likely."

The premier bank to the global food and agriculture industry, Rabobank (http://www.Rabobank.com) is a global financial services leader providing institutional and retail banking and agricultural finance solutions in key markets around the world. From its century-old roots in the Netherlands, Rabobank has grown into one of the 25 largest banks wo
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