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Brumm Speaks Out: Soybean meal availability

I’ve had two contacts this morning asking about soybean meal availability and options for diets in late September and early October. FULL STORY »

Tyson Foods, Hillshire complete $8.5 billion merger

Tyson Foods Inc. has announced its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands Co. is now complete, bringing a close to the meat industry’s biggest deal. FULL STORY »

Work happiness factors ranked in new survey

Though employers may believe more money will make their employees happy, new survey findings released by national staffing company Spherion revealed other factors also play a role in making workers happy at their jobs, and workers will make monetary and other career-related sacrifices to achieve job happiness. FULL STORY »

Cash price optimism rallies CME live cattle futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned up sharply on Thursday in anticipation of steady-to-better prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. FULL STORY »

New BIVI vaccine doubles up against Salmonella in pigs

Veterinarians and producers now can protect pigs against two of the most virulent types of Salmonella with a single, convenient oral dose administered by the drinking water or oral drench. FULL STORY »

Ag markets moved mostly higher Thursday

Rising Black Sea tensions supporting the grain markets. Sources have proven that Russian forces are in eastern Ukraine. FULL STORY »

Storms bring drought relief to Calif. desert

California reported a slight drought improvement this week in the most unlikely of areas – the Mojave Desert. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Connecting the dots

Two seemingly unrelated stories—Ebola in Nigeria and a new report on the impact of global meat production—are in fact directly tied to each other. Read on to learn how. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin's Biggest Weed contest winners announced

Despite the cool summer, plenty of weeds were entered in the ‘Biggest Weed’ contest sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension/Madison Weed Experts at the recent Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Of the many samples brought in for identification, eight participants submitted nine weeds they felt deserved the title of Biggest Weed. FULL STORY »

Big potential in China for U.S. corn, livestock exports

Recent government policy changes in China have the potential to boost U.S. agriculture, particularly the corn and livestock sectors, according to Iowa State University economics and finance professor Dermot Hayes. FULL STORY »

Natural gas prices remain flat

Earlier this month, after receiving a siting approval from the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) and a conditional export approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), project sponsors of the Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana moved a step closer to construction by reaching a final investment decision (FID). Currently, there are three projects, with a total capacity of 6.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), that have received FERC approvals and some level of DOE approvals—Sabine Pass LNG in Louisiana, Freeport LNG in Texas, and Cameron LNG—with two of these projects (Sabine Pass and Cameron) having reached FID, while Freeport's FID is expected later this year. FULL STORY »

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