Brett Wessler

Consumer habits change anticipating higher beef, pork prices

The price consumers are willing to pay for beef and pork products is steady with the previous month, however a survey shows as price increases, their preference for poultry products also grows. FULL STORY »

Agricultural trade balance reaches 7-month high

Agricultural trade was almost 0.8 billion dollars higher than the previous month as export values increased for the third consecutive month and imports declined. FULL STORY »

Foodservice firm says less beef on 2014 menus, more politics

A forecast of the top 10 foodservice trends for the upcoming year includes less beef on the menu as prices continue higher, replaced by pork and poultry. The firm also expects each restaurant’s morals and values to play a larger role. FULL STORY »

King Amendment to Farm Bill faces HSUS opposition

An amendment to the Farm Bill by Congressman Steve King, R-Iowa, preventing one state from regulating production practices in other states is facing criticism from the Humane Society of the United States. FULL STORY »

Farm Bureau economist forecasts ag growth to retract

American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist Bob Young says the increase in agricultural commodity prices resulted in excellent farm income values over the past decade, but a decline lies ahead. FULL STORY »

FAO notes less global food prices volatility, prices to rise

The latest data from the FAO shows food prices volatility is behind us and steady increases are expected moving forward. FULL STORY »

Smartphones play a crucial role in the future of rural America

Breakthroughs in the way we communicate with each other and the impact devices have on the younger generations’ definition of ‘community’ may be a benefit to rural America. FULL STORY »

Beef retail price increase less subtle than competitors

Consumer meat prices increased by between one and six percent compared to a year earlier in September, but beef prices remain steady compared to increases for pork and poultry. FULL STORY »

Award winning filmmaker’s documentary follows young farmers Play video

A documentary set for release next year shares the highs, the lows, the pride and the identity farmers in their 20s share on a daily basis. FULL STORY »

Past ag secretaries discuss global issues Play video

Six past agriculture secretaries met at Kansas State University last week to debate major national and global issues including the farm bill, biotechnology, world food trade and climate change. FULL STORY »

Lower cash hog values turn pork producer margins red

Pork producers saw profit margins turn negative last week after average negotiated cash hog values fell $4.41 per hundredweight to $88.46. FULL STORY »

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