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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2008

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This 2008 edition of the OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook covers the outlook for commodity markets during the 2008 to 2017 period, and brings together the commodity, policy and country expertise of both Organisations. The report analyses world market trends for the main agricultural products, as well as biofuels and provides an assessment of agricultural market prospects for production, consumption, trade, stocks and prices of the included commodities.  This publication includes Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet files containing background data, as well as a special chapter on high prices which analyses whether they are here to stay. The market projections cover OECD countries, as well as other key agricultural players including India, China, Brazil, the Russian Federation and Argentina, and many other non-OECD countries and regions.  In total, the projections encompass 39 countries and 19 regions.

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Meat

In 2007, agricultural markets where characterised by unusually high prices: grain prices reached record highs, and prices for many dairy products were far above historic levels. Unlike these markets, most meat and livestock markets have not experienced comparable price hikes. This combination of high feed prices and relatively low meat prices has had an overall negative impact on profit margins of meat producers.

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