Ag markets turned generally mixed Monday morning

Export news affected the crop markets Monday morning. After declining Sunday night in reaction to the near-miss on northern Plains frost damage, corn futures seemed set to add to those losses today. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Pig pride from even the ‘littlest pig farmers’

One little pig farmer hams it up for the camera as he feeds his family’s pigs. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaned breakevens soar to $81.92

Pricing off the April lean hog contract for March sales shows a weaner breakeven of $81.92 up $8.23 for the week. Futures prices were up $2.35 for the week and feed costs were down $3.46 per head. FULL STORY »

Mom at the Meat Counter: What’s in a food label? Antibiotic-free

Just like the similar label concerning hormones, the ‘antibiotic-free’ claim is misleading and shouldn’t be found on a meat label. All of the meat you buy in the US should be antibiotic-free, yet you still see it on some marketing claims. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: USDA lowers 2014 pork production

The September USDA crop report estimated the U.S. average corn yield at a record 171.7 bushels per acre. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Barbecue confiscated by TSA

Travelers, be warned: Don’t check baggage containing barbecue or TSA officers may confiscate the delicious smoked meats for the sake of airline security. FULL STORY »

Red meat and exercise increases muscle longevity

Eating lean red meat three to four times a week along with regular exercise could be the key to keeping both the body and mind at their peak as people age, a study from Deakin University in Australia found. FULL STORY »

Ag credit conditions remain strong despite lower farm income

Credit conditions remained strong in the second quarter of 2014, according to agricultural bankers in the Tenth District of the Federal Reserve, but lower farm income as a result of lower crop prices could put pressure on credit quality going forward. FULL STORY »

Misbranding and undeclared allergen lead to pork product recall

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014–Interbay Food Company, LLC, a Woodinville, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 4,820 pounds of pork Banger-style sausage products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FULL STORY »

USDA forecasts 2015 ag exports to be down from record 2014

Fiscal 2015 U.S. agricultural exports are projected at $144.5 billion, down $8 billion from the record $152.5 billion forecast for fiscal 2014, primarily because of the outlook for lower commodity prices. FULL STORY »

AGree releases papers on challenges facing agriculture

This week, the AGree initiative, which seeks to build consensus and catalyze action on food and agricultural policy, released five papers addressing individual challenges for the future of agriculture. FULL STORY »

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