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USDA has changed its release time for several major USDA statistical reports.
Starting January of 2013 - the National Ag Statistics Service and World Agricultural Outlook board will issue reports at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Alan Brugler with Brugler Marketing and Management says the agency claims the shift will result in more liquidity - less volatility in regards to report reaction - and the greatest access to the report among all interested parties.
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Brugler questions why USDA chose to continue to release the reports during the trading session. While he is disappointed in the move - he doesn’t see a major market impact with the change.
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The current USDA release time of 7:30 a.m. Central will remain in effect until January 1st. The time for livestock reports currently released at 3:00 p.m. will not change.

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