Brett Wessler

Top 100 landowners collectively own 33 million acres

Seen as a "safe deposit box with a view," the country’s affluent investors are buying up acres at a solid rate, as the top 100 landowners added 700,000 acres in 2012. FULL STORY »

Pork producer, packer margins decrease, producers remain positive

Pork producer margins retreated last week, but remain positive as negotiated cash hog prices lost $2.60 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

Food price inflation rate eases as drought conditions improve

Food costs were only marginally higher in August compared to the previous month and only one percent above prices from a year earlier as a better growing season benefits grocery shoppers. FULL STORY »

Pork packer margins steadily improve

Increasing cash hog values continue to lift pork producer margins, up an additional $1.22 last week compared to the previous week according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Consumers expecting higher beef, pork prices but alter purchases

Consumers responsible for buying the family groceries are aware of increasing meat prices and they’re willing to pay more, but budgets likely prevent them from buying more beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Data analysis reveals top 10 carnivorous cities

Data from seven key categories was used to crop the top 100 most populous cities down to the 10 best cities for meat eaters. FULL STORY »

Ag alliance panel to discuss farm size perceptions, Chipotle

Chipotle refueled the fire last week with a new video and game discouraging “factory farming,” but an agricultural alliance aims to educate consumers on the polarizing topic with a panel discussion. FULL STORY »

Higher carcass prices push producer margins higher

Pork producer profit margins were more than double the previous week’s averages as a result of higher prices and lower feed costs. FULL STORY »

9 out of 10 farm households collecting off-farm income

In addition to on-farm work, most farm households earn an income from nonfarm sources. A USDA report finds what the most common off-farm jobs are and how skills on the farm are used away from the fields. FULL STORY »

Poll reveals climate change less of a 'hot button' topic

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 brought global warming to the forefront, generating awareness and demand for change in the years that followed. However, a new poll shows many rural citizens have lost interest in the topic. FULL STORY »

Pork packer margins turn negative down more than $8

Pork packer margins were negative last week, falling more than eight dollars from the previous week to average a loss of a quarter per head according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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