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Brumm Speaks Out: August vs. October futures pricing

Every year about this time, I begin commenting on preparations for summer heat relief in grow-finish facilities. FULL STORY »

USDA announces investment fund to create jobs in rural America

As part of the Obama Administration’s new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. FULL STORY »

Ag markets fell by varying amounts Monday morning

Weather news appears to be depressing the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Chef celebrates heart-healthy pork’s diversity

Pork can be a powerful part of a healthy diet and during American Heart Month, the Pork Checkoff teamed with Food Network Star finalist, Chef Judson Allen, to promote pork’s health benefits to African American consumers. FULL STORY »

“Using farmers as educators, not mascots”

When it comes to finding trustworthy sources about food production, 53 percent of Americans view farmers and ranchers as good sources of information, according to the white paper report, “Emerging Faith in Food Production,” by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog prices sharply lower for second week

USDA Friday announced that they are making PED virus and Swine Delta Coronavirus reportable diseases. This new reporting requirement will make it easier for USDA to track the spread of the PED virus. FULL STORY »

Cargill gives $150,000 to Pork Board for PEDV feed Research

As the first anniversary of confirmation of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the United States nears, the National Pork Board continues to build an arsenal of information based on its nearly $2 million in Pork Checkoff-funded research funded to date. FULL STORY »

Take care now to protect fall harvest

Farmers planting treated seed this spring should clean equipment thoroughly after planting to avoid contaminating their fall harvests. FULL STORY »

Pork exports to Mexico, China drive February exports

U.S. pork exports in February were 420 million pounds, a year-over-year increase of 5.5 percent. For the fourth month in a row, Mexico was the largest buyer of U.S. pork, while exports to Japan were 10 percent lower compared with February 2013. FULL STORY »

Vilsack comments on PEDv reporting

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. FULL STORY »

U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a pound. FULL STORY »

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