Editorial

Consumers less willing to pay for high-priced protein

After jumping in the month of June, consumer willingness-to-pay for beef, pork and poultry products dropped in July but remains higher to this time last year, according to the latest Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Pushing a ‘Right to Farm’

Enshrining a right to farm in a state constitution might seem silly. However, given the fierce opposition from anti-industry activists, it may be a necessity. But doing so creates some real risks. FULL STORY »

PED outbreaks continue in Japan

Media reports from Japan indicated Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continues to infect herds in Japan. The Japan Pig Association expects a significant decline in market hogs this fall. FULL STORY »

Popular Science debunks 10 GMO claims

In the July issue of Popular Science, the magazine tackles the topic of biotechnology and debunks many of the commonly held ideas about genetically modified food. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions still at 15-year high

More than 75 percent of the nation’s corn crop is rated in good or better condition according to the USDA’s Crop Progress report, marking the best conditions seen in the 15 years. FULL STORY »

Missouri Gov. vetos ag bills

After receiving overwhelming bi-partisan support in both the Missouri state House and Senate, Governor Jeremiah Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326. FULL STORY »

Does American agriculture need ‘right to farm’ laws?

The ‘right to farm’ movement across the heartland is gaining in popularity, but not everyone in agriculture supports it. FULL STORY »

Biting the hand that feeds you

In the creeping corners of organic vegetable stands and the shadows of specialty stores lurks a very disturbing creature. Willowy in form with daunting pale skin, it sniffs and picks through an assortment of produce, eyeing each one like a hawk. FULL STORY »

America’s price of food more budget friendly than other countries

It’s no secret that the price of groceries is on the rise, hitting American consumers deep in the pocketbook. In a recent USDA Economic Research Service report, the average American spent 6.6 percent of their household budget on groceries for home or 11 percent when eating out costs are factored in. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins stay above $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins stayed above $100 and increased to $103.81 per head the week ending July 4 compared to $101.44 the previous week, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Economic impacts on consumer food insecurity

The ability for a household to adequately put food on the table is impacted by many factors, specifically economic resources, says U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service “Prevalence of U.S. Food Insecurity Is Related to Changes in Unemployment, Inflation, and the Price of Food” study. FULL STORY »

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