Editorial

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 »

Commentary: Fast-food folly

What’s the solution to the obesity crisis? A new study suggests that tougher regulations on the fast-food industry is the ticket. But that’s a classic case of putting the cart before the horse. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feed vs. food

Anti-industry types argue that we can’t ‘waste’ farmland growing feed crops for livestock. Yet a closer look at sustainability actually turns that mantra inside out: We can’t afford not to. FULL STORY »

‘Vampire Diaries’ star pushes Seaboard to ditch gestation stalls

Actor Paul Wesley may be better known for his role in the hit television drama “The Vampire Diaries,” but now Wesley has a new hat he would like to try – activist. FULL STORY »

5 reasons to celebrate rural romance

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to count the ways we love agriculture and our own farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Banker farmland price expectations for 2014 wavering

Even as corn and soybean prices have tumbled from a year ago, bankers across the Midwest have mixed expectations for farmland prices in 2014. FULL STORY »

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