Rick Jordahl

USDA’s WASDE report bearish for corn

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report released Wednesday is bearish for corn, according to Doane Agriculture Services analysts. Corn futures Wednesday are called 10 to 15 cents lower. FULL STORY »

Animal agriculture calls for end to ethanol subsidy

Livestock and poultry groups are asking six centrist U.S. senators involved in budget negotiations to end subsidies for ethanol. The Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, which is scheduled to expire at the end of 2011, allows petroleum companies to claim 45 cents for each gallon of ethanol added to motor fuel. FULL STORY »

DDGS: No bargain for pork industry

Distillers’ dried grains with solubles, one of the principal by-products from corn-based ethanol production, is getting more expensive, just like corn. The benefits of DDGS to livestock producers for use in animal feed are diminishing as prices rise for both commodities. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Plan now to save lives

It’s a fact of life - disaster can strike anywhere at any time. In the blink of an eye, a tornado, flood or fire can cause life-changing damage or injury and turn even the best-managed farm into chaos. FULL STORY »

Commentary: PAMTA hides the real story

Proponents of the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act once again have trotted out their favorite piece of legislation in hopes that this time Congress might swallow their story. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Taking on entitlements

As U.S. politicians prepare plans to reduce the nation’s growing budget deficits and $14 trillion debt, a major overhaul to the country’s ballooning entitlement programs must be a major factor. Without including entitlement reform to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, any attempt at reconciling our massive budget shortfalls will fail. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Warning lights are flashing

With world food prices hitting a record high in January, warning lights are flashing all around us. The potential crisis posed by world food and grain shortages, and the rising prices that inevitably follow, could affect millions. FULL STORY »

China: The wild card

The United States rolled out the red carpet last week to China’s President Hu Jintao leaving no doubt that the we wanted to leave a good impression. When Hu arrived at the White House, he received a 21-gun salute. His visit also was highlighted by an elaborate state dinner. FULL STORY »

U.S. Ag Research In Decline

To remain competitive in the long term, every business must embrace the latest technology, apply the most productive strategies and employ the latest tools. For U.S. agriculture, that means robust research needs to continue at a brisk pace.

Fasten Your Seatbelts

The days are ticking down to another New Year, now just a few days off. As we get set to close the books on 2010, we look forward to the promises and the possibilities 2011 holds. We look forward to preparing for new opportunities, new business, new friends and new hope.

HSUS Claims Pig Abuse At Smithfield Facility

The Humane Society of the United States has released an undercover video that the group took at a Virginia facility owned by Murphy-Brown Farms, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.

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