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Elaine Kub Contributing Analyst
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:18 AM CST

Just ask Shaun White or Evgeni Plushenko or Lindsey Jacobellis about expectations. Those Winter Olympic athletes were all expected to win gold medals in the past week, but circumstances -- venue conditions, injury, or younger, lesser-known competitors -- conspired to prevent such expectations from becoming reality. And just like the NBC minions who must have spent the last few months researching Bode Miller's backstory or the who-set-which-record-when stats for speed skating competitions, USDA's economists spent months at the end of 2013 amassing data for their own big event -- the Agricultural Outlook Forum later this week. From their data sets, ...

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