Rick Jordahl

Commentary: Progress, not perfection

Two developments bouyed hopes of poultry and livestock producers this week - the submission to Congress of the long-delayed free-trade agreements and introduction of a bill that would reduce the amount of ethanol produced when corn inventory is dangerously low. FULL STORY »

N.C. Governor: Prepare for the worst

Gov. Beverly Perdue says people in eastern North Carolina should be prepared for the worst if high winds and rain from Hurricane Irene, now classified as a strong Category 3 hurricane, reach their communities this weekend. Perdue said Wednesday she's hoping for the best but Irene could be a serious storm for people in Hyde, Dare and Currituck counties. FULL STORY »

USMEF confronts pork export challenges

With more than 80 countries importing U.S. pork so far this year, a record for exports may be achievable in 2011. That's not to say attaining the new record will come easy. Successfully meeting challenges in the form of increasing pork prices and fluctuations in international currencies will continue to be necessary. FULL STORY »

RFS contingency plan needed for short corn crop

A recent vote in the U.S. Senate has confirmed the nation’s desire to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit as well as the import tariff, which costs taxpayers about $6 billion annually. While many pork producers support eliminating both elements, there is growing speculation that either will actually disappear. What's more, those actions may not have the desired effect of reducing U.S. corn prices. FULL STORY »

Farm subsidies face budget ax

With Congress on a debt-cutting mission, U.S. farm subsidies have become a major target. Legislators from both sides of the aisle are looking to harvest savings wherever possible and they are eying the fertile fields of U.S. farmers. FULL STORY »

Crop markets to open higher Wednesday

Concern about a shortfall in corn production and outside markets are supporting futures Wednesday, according to Doane Agricultural Services. Planting delays in the eastern Corn Belt could switch some acreage out of corn. FULL STORY »

Obama announces immigration reform, E-Verify modifications

The four part plan includes: increased border security, accountability for businesses who hire undocumented workers, reforming the visa system to expand the legal immigration system and a plan for bringing those in the U.S. illegally into the legal system. FULL STORY »

NPPC urges approval of Mexican trucking program

In testimony Thursday before the House Agriculture Committee, Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa, and immediate past president of the National Pork Producers Council, urged Congress to approve a U.S. Department of Transportation program that will allow Mexican trucks to haul goods into the United States. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ethanol subsidy tank may run dry

Efforts to end the 45-cent per gallon government subsidy for ethanol reached a peak the past couple weeks and it looks like its days are numbered. The subsidy is set to expire the end of this year, but legislation recently introduced would move up the end date. FULL STORY »

NPPC, farm group press for FTA approval

For the third time in little more than a month, the NPPC testified before Congress in support of the pending trade agreements that are expected to add significantly to the bottom line of pork producers and farmers. FULL STORY »

Murphy-Brown, Smithfield Foods donate to tornado victims

Smithfield Foods and subsidiary Murphy-Brown have donated $100,000 to the Bladen County Baptist Men’s Association for relief of tornado victims in North Carolina. FULL STORY »

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