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USMEF: Red meat exports remain strong in February

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

Ag markets seemingly weakened as Monday morning passed

Corn futures started the week on a soft note. Ongoing rains over parts of the Corn Belt and improved weather forecasts for the central U.S. seemed to weigh upon corn future Sunday night FULL STORY »

Commentary: Fighting the fanatics

University researchers in Florida who work with animals are now lobbying the state legislature for the right to shelter personal information from animal activists intent on intimidating them. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens drop nearly $7

The weaner pig breakeven price is $81.63, down $6.94 for the week. The lower breakeven was driven by October futures dropping $2.70 for the week and feed prices increasing $1.46 per head. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: March price spike greatly exaggerated

The March 28 Hogs & Pigs report seemed bearish, since most of the USDA numbers topped expectations. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures proved much weaker than the crop markets Friday

Corn futures staged a Friday comeback. News of fresh Chinese cancellations of U.S. corn imports and the improved Corn Belt moisture situation seemed to weigh upon corn futures Friday morning. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog price explosion slows

The April lean hog futures contract settled at $123.15/cwt today, down $2.60 from the previous Friday. FULL STORY »

Bacon prices up, eggs too

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Agriculture’s ROI on social media

I often wonder why farmers and ranchers are slow to adopt social media. Agriculture is making progress in this revolutionary way of communication. But we still have a long way to go. FULL STORY »

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