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Hog Outlook: Retail pork prices set new records

Retail pork prices set new records last month. The average price of a pound of pork in grocery stores during August was $4.20. That was 7.3 cents higher than the month before and 44.3 cents higher than in August 2013. FULL STORY »

Thinking globally, leveraging locally

It’s not enough for pork producers to have a sole focus when it comes to their business today. They have to think about their livelihood in two contexts – globally and locally. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Swine nutrition is exciting

This week, I participated in both the Leman Swine Health Conference and the Minnesota Nutrition Conference. At both meetings one of the major topics was ‘gut health’ and the impact of nutrition on health. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Nothing beats a country sunrise

It’s hard to have a “case of the Mondays” with such a beautiful sunrise. FULL STORY »

Will Southern California hit a weather jackpot?

There’s good news for some portions of California – federal forecasters expect a weak El Niño to develop this winter, which could bring drought-easing relief to the southern third of the Golden State. FULL STORY »

What to do now in regards to the 2014 Farm Bill

The 2014 farm bill contains new farm programs that will require complex decisions by farmers and landlords in late 2014 and early 2015. FULL STORY »

Crop futures proved quite weak again Friday morning

Dollar strength and harvest prospects are depressing crop markets. Anticipation of another massive U.S. corn crop is depressing prices. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Can veggies eat fake meat?

With breathless pronouncements and over-the-top media events, the creators of test-tube ‘meat’ keep claiming their pink slime-like ‘product’ will revolutionize the way the world eats. Really? FULL STORY »

Lower hog numbers keep prices high

USDA slightly decreased its forecast for second-half 2014 pork production, by 5 million pounds, from last month’s forecast—a change that derives largely from lower than expected production in September, due to PEDv-reduced supplies of slaughter hogs. FULL STORY »

White House calls for task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant

The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for it to outline specific steps, White House advisers said. FULL STORY »

Purdue Extension conference to cover latest info on PEDv

A conference sponsored by Purdue Extension will present updated information on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus as well as a panel discussion by swine experts. FULL STORY »

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