Editorial

Consumer spending on food continues rising

Consumers are anticipating slightly higher beef, chicken and pork prices according to the latest monthly Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture Economics. FULL STORY »

USDA predicts record ag exports for 2014

In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases. FULL STORY »

America’s farms bigger…but fewer

The USDA released its preliminary “2012 Census of Agriculture” report on Thursday, and though the full report has not yet been released, it offers a snapshot of America’s farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

How’s, what’s and when’s of meat, poultry purchase decisions

What are the driving factors that make a shopper decide which cut of meat to purchase at the grocery store, whether to cook at home or dine out and how much to spend on those purchases? Those are questions the ninth-annual Power of Meat survey attempts to address. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Swing and a miss

A new study analyzes the strategies and tactics designed to get affluent Western to cut down on their meat-eating. And once again, the researchers are taking aim at the wrong target. FULL STORY »

Chipotle plays fast and loose with ag facts

Humor can’t disguise Chipotle’s latest fear-mongering in its online satirical miniseries, “Farmed and Dangerous,” but America’s farmers and ranchers aren’t ready to be silenced. FULL STORY »

Lower feed costs push margins higher

Farrow-to-finish margins increased last week and finished the week ending Feb. 14, 2014, at $22.41, compared to $18.30 the previous week, negative $4.74 one month ago and negative $17.70 at this time last year, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Safety, freshness rank high when purchasing livestock products

When it comes to purchasing livestock products – milk, ground beef, beef steak and chicken breast – consumers put most value in safety and freshness according to a nationwide survey conducted by Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

Sochi Olympics bring African swine fever threat to Britain

The British government and the National Pig Association warn about a potential threat to threaten Britain’s pork industry: African swine fever. FULL STORY »

Have farmland values topped out?

Federal Reserve Banks provided land value and credit condition summaries from fourth-quarter 2014 ag lender surveys. FULL STORY »

Calif. farmers in ‘dire straits’ as drought rages on

A wet storm over the last week helped relieve some of the drought in central California, but the rain was a reprieve – not a cure – as the drought continues. FULL STORY »

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