Editorial

Crop land prices soften—KC and St. Louis Fed. Banks

Crop land prices in the central Plains were steady to weaker in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Results were quite similar for farmland prices in the southern Corn Belt and upper Delta as reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FULL STORY »

PEDv ‘like TGE on steroids’

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continues to spread like wildfire across the country. FULL STORY »

Operating loans increase in early 2014

Farmers and ranchers increased borrowing during the first three months of 2014 to cover current operating expenses, according to a national survey of commercial banks by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins climb above $80 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins improved nearly $5 per head the week of May 9, finishing the week at $80.60 per head. FULL STORY »

WHO reports on global antibiotic resistance

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for better tracking of antibiotic use and resistance, along with other measures, to slow the emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. FULL STORY »

Corn planting (finally) picks up speed

Producers from across the country made impressive headway in planting this week, reporting more than half of the nation’s corn now in the ground. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Spending Five Minutes with GMO's (OMG!)

You might have heard about that Vermont bill mandating all foods containing GMO's be clearly labeled. The subject is the current hot button for the OMG! foodies. FULL STORY »

Is another Dust Bowl in the works?

Thursday’s Drought Monitor report showed drought “waking up” in parts of Kansas and the southern Plains, igniting concern of the next Dust Bowl. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians, farmers prepare for FDA antimicrobial changes

Veterinarians and producers will be at the forefront as the livestock industry implements FDA’s Guidance for Industry 209 and 213, phasing out end of growth and performance uses of medically important antimicrobials, and the proposed rule requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) for most antimicrobials used in feed. FULL STORY »

Olson: Pigs in the pasture – Part 2

In the second of this two-part series, Linden Olson recalls other preparations that needed to be done before pigs were moved outdoors in the spring. You’ll learn how modern production has minimized much of the physical work associated with raising pigs. FULL STORY »

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces 2014 Farm Bill strides

As we all know the 2014 Farm Bill came to fruition after being signed by President Obama back on February 7. Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced continued progress in the first 90 days of the bill’s life. FULL STORY »

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