Rick Jordahl

Taiwan restrictions continue to hamper U.S. pork exports

Recently, Taiwan adopted a maximum residue level (MRL) for ractopamine residues in imported as well as domestic beef, however left intact the nation’s ban on pork from hogs that receive ractopamine. FULL STORY »

Pork industry losses impact credit decisions

A noted agricultural economist estimates the U.S. pork industry will lose $2 billion over the next six months, and lenders will determine how long they will work with a producer. Pork Network asked Kent Bang, vice president, AgStar Financial Services, about factors the lender considers when making credit decisions for clients who face an extended period of financial loss. FULL STORY »

Smithfield: Bacon lovers can relax

Contrary to recent media reports, there is no bacon shortage, at least not at Smithfield Foods, the company said in a press release issued Saturday. However, while the current U.S. supply of bacon is adequate, strong global demand for pork could put additional pressure on domestic supply and raise prices. FULL STORY »

Peterson: Cantor is holding up farm bill

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, is confident that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is committed to passing a new farm bill in the lame duck session and cites Eric Cantor, R-Va., House Majority Leader, as a reason for the lack of action on the 2012 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Farm bill headed for lame duck session?

As the House of Representatives puts off a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill, Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation, senior director of Congressional relations, says the outcome is very hard to predict. Further, there is no guarantee that the farm bill will be brought up in a lame duck session. FULL STORY »

Lower crop yields may result in nutrient credits

The lower yields experienced by many farmers this year due to the drought can lead to less removal of nutrients from a field, resulting in nutrient credits. Drought nutrient credits can be important particularly on fields where little or no material was harvested in 2012, according to John Lory, Extension associate professor, University of Missouri. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ethanol waiver “unnecessary”?

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President Bob Dinneen says a waiver of mandated ethanol production is unnecessary. Undoubtedly, this will be a revelation to the governors, lawmakers and livestock producers who have requested it. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Tree damage from drought may linger for years

Since trees and shelterbelts provide important buffers on most farms by providing protection during all seasons, their setback or loss may be counted among the major casualties inflicted by the 2012 drought. FULL STORY »

Grassley assails Smithfield CEO on ethanol waiver request

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, claims that Larry Pope, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, is “woefully uninformed” on the ethanol industry, and said a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) won’t significantly reduce corn prices. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Reduce the RFS now

With the current U.S. drought expanding and intensifying, about half the nation is now mired in its worst dry weather pattern in 24 years, and it is getting worse by the day. It is now urgent that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) be lowered. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Get moving on NBAF

With progress stalled on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), the threat to U.S. national security, as well as the economy, is mounting. Without quick action to resume progress on the Manhattan, Kan.-based facility, the threat will continue to grow. FULL STORY »

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