Market Journal –“ January 4, 2013

     Grain Markets –“ Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, looks at the potential numbers for 2013 planting acres. Frayne also estimates the importance of next week–™s USDA reports.
     Nebraska Crop Budgets –“ 2013 Nebraska crop budgets are out. There are 53 budgets for 16 different crops. Roger Wilson, UNL Extension farm management/enterprise budget analyst, dissects this year–™s forecast.
     2013 Public Policy Outlook –“ Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines the big topics ahead for agriculture in 2013, such as federal fiscal issues and potential regulations.
     Farm Operator Options –“ The largest portion of Nebraska–™s farmers and ranchers is between the ages of 35 and 64. Dave Goeller, North Central Risk Management Education Center deputy director, explains the next stage for those operators. Dave also examines the beginning farmer tax credit.
     Global Relations –“ Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, recaps how a recent trip to China could eventually yield investments in Nebraska.
     Weather Forecast –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.