Editorial

Heartland a mixed bag of corn conditions

The nation’s corn crop conditions dipped slightly this week in the latest Crop Progress report, but even with the decline, conditions still remain the best since 2010: FULL STORY »

Estate tax repeal: Is it possible?

Call it what you want to call it – but any time the estate tax, also known as the death tax, comes up in conversation, ears perk up and most in agriculture start paying attention. FULL STORY »

Consumers willing to reach deeper into their wallets for protein

Compared to just a month ago, consumers are willing to pay a lot more for meat, pork and chicken products, according to the latest Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins surpass $80 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins improved again last week to $82.75, compared to $74.74 the previous week. At this time last year, the farrow-to-finish margin was $18.42 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Lean hogs finished the week at $117.15, compared to $111.50 the previous week. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Re-thinking fast-food

The entire category is undergoing a reinvention — if you believe the breathless business analysts enamored of the niche concepts currently being launched. Here’s an easier, better alternative. FULL STORY »

Consumer Reports: Consumers confused by “natural” food labels

Based on survey results showing American consumers often misunderstand what “natural” means on food labels, Consumer Reports is calling for an end to the designation. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The ‘C-word’ strikes again

From the Harvard University School of Public Health comes yet another indictment of red meat, this time as the cause of breast cancer. Only one problem: The researchers are wrong. FULL STORY »

Corn crop condition best since 2010

So far, the 2014 corn crop condition is the best seen in years. FULL STORY »

Pork export rules to China updated

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new requirements for exporting U.S. pork and pork products to China. FULL STORY »

Ag trade takes center stage at Capitol Hill hearing

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade took time this week to focus on the benefits of expanding agricultural trade and eliminating barriers to agricultural exports. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ranting and raving

A San Francisco blogger posts a vicious attack on the entire meat production industry. Nothing new there — only his hatred is triggered by one company buying another. Seriously. FULL STORY »

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