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Grain futures lagged the other ag markets Wednesday

Continued talk of improved planting conditions depressed corn futures Wednesday. Although surging soy prices probably proved supportive of the corn market, forecasts for persistent short-term dryness have persuaded traders that Midwest plantings will accelerate during the days ahead. FULL STORY »

Market hog inventories lower

The March 1 inventory of market hogs at 57.048 million head was 3.7 percent lower than a year ago, continuing a run of year-over-year lower inventories beginning in June 1 2013. This is the lowest March level since 2007. FULL STORY »

Soy, cotton futures led the ag markets Wednesday morning

Continued talk of accelerated plantings is depressing corn futures. Although surging soy prices are likely supporting the corn market, forecasts for persistent short-term dryness have persuaded traders that Midwest plantings will accelerated during the days ahead. FULL STORY »

USDA issues rule for emergency livestock assistance

The USDA issued a rule implementing requirements for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Dear Vilsack: Help pork industry fight PEDv

U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., has joined a growing number of politicians calling for help in fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

Soy, wheat markets surged Tuesday

Spillover strength supported corn futures Tuesday. The latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, but they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

Agriculture gives UAVs a new purpose

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these devices offer farmers. FULL STORY »

Ag groups applaud small business tax break legislation

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), along with 36 other agricultural organizations, signed onto a letter applauding the House Ways and Means Committee for addressing expired tax provisions. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins still top $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins remained above $100 per head the week ending April 11, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Penn State launches online agribusiness degree

Adults working in these sectors who have some college but not a four-year degree, and who need a degree for career advancement, now have a convenient option. FULL STORY »

Ukraine-Russia situation apparently boosted wheat futures again

Dry forecasts reportedly weighed on corn futures Tuesday morning. Although the latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

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