Cooney: Weaner breakevens surpass $91

Pricing off the February lean hog contract for January sales shows a weaner breakeven of $91.75 up $2.54 for the week. The February lean hog contract was up $0.78 for the week. FULL STORY »

Storing wet and modified distillers grains

The market prices for distillers grain prices have dropped significantly in recent weeks. As Dr. Darrell Mark points out in his recent iGrow article Distillers Grains Prices Declining, prices have declined both in absolute dollar values but also as a percentage of the value of corn. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: Supply cut's role in record hog prices

Last week’s hog slaughter reached just 1.859 million head, falling 9 percent short of the year-ago figure. However, huge increases in hog weights reduced the annualized cut in pork production to ‘just’ 4.2 percent. FULL STORY »

Crop markets remained weak Monday morning

Weather news continues depressing crop futures. The corn market remains under pressure early this week after the latest forecasts indicate current heat will be followed by cooler and milder conditions through late July. FULL STORY »

Drought costs California's ag industry $2.2 billion

The historic drought in California is proving costly, draining $2.2 billion from the state’s farm economy and putting some 17,000 agricultural workers out of a job. FULL STORY »

Purdue agronomist: “Cautiously optimistic” about corn crop

Indiana's corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could "suffer quickly" if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Who has the best state fair food?

Is it Texas? Is it Iowa? You tell us! In the meantime, check out the winner of the Big Tex Choice Awards at last year’s Texas State Fair. It’s the Fried Cuban Roll, featuring pork, of course. FULL STORY »

Plan your future

Succession planning is really multi-generational business continuity planning. The American Soybean Association is holding several regional workshops to help you develop a succession plan FULL STORY »

No sticker shock problems for U.S. meat exporters

U.S. meat consumers are facing the highest-ever prices for choice cuts this summer just as the traditional cookout season gets into full swing, stoking producers' concerns that demand will soften in the months ahead if shoppers tighten their belts. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Hog prices back down from record level

Hog prices backed down from the previous week's record level. The national average negotiated carcass price for direct delivered hogs on the morning report today was $127.20/cwt which is down $1.74 from last week, but up $32.98 from a year ago. FULL STORY »

FDA to hold public meeting on antimicrobial resistance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will sponsor a public meeting to discuss progress to date under the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. The meeting will be held on August 12-13, 2014 at the FDA Headquarters, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. FULL STORY »

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