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THE ag parody you've been waiting for Play video

Kansas rancher Derek Klingenberg is joined by the Peterson Farm Bros. and other farmers from across the globe in his latest pro-ag parody. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins falls well below $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins dropped below $100 per head to $84.60 per head, compared to $100.96 the previous week and $103.60 one month ago. At this time last year, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker, the farrow-to-finish margin stood at negative $25.52 per head. FULL STORY »

Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

“Using farmers as educators, not mascots”

When it comes to finding trustworthy sources about food production, 53 percent of Americans view farmers and ranchers as good sources of information, according to the white paper report, “Emerging Faith in Food Production,” by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink. FULL STORY »

Dear Vilsack: Help pork industry fight PEDv

U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., has joined a growing number of politicians calling for help in fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

PEDv update: 5,500 cases confirmed across 30 states

According to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, last week, 257 more cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) were confirmed. FULL STORY »

Average farm debt-to-asset ratio declining

While total debt held by farms increased from 1992 to 2011, average farm debt-to-asset ratios declined during that time according to a report on debt use by farms conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service. FULL STORY »

Major support of federal GMO labeling bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association and American Farm Bureau Federation quickly announced their individual support of new federal legislation introduced Wednesday to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified (GM) crops. Several other farm organizations have followed suit. FULL STORY »

Idaho asks court to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

Idaho isn’t backing down from its so-called “ag gag” law and has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and others in a coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Sick Stunts R Us

PETA embarks on an idiotic, horribly inappropriate publicity stunt aimed at nothing more than grabbing a few minutes of air time and another round of gloating on activist blog sites. FULL STORY »

Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

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