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Ag markets closed mostly higher again Friday

Corn traders seemed to focus on supportive factors Friday. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Farrow-to-finishers earned $107.25 per head in July

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University indicate the typical Iowa farrow to finish operation earned a record profit of $107.25 per hog sold during July. That is $14.21 above the old record set the month before. The five most profitable months in history have all been this year. FULL STORY »

WTO rules against U.S. in meat label fight

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the United States in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. FULL STORY »

Slaughter, hog weight adjustments raise second-half production

USDA reduced the third-quarter pork production forecast due to lower than expected hog slaughter numbers in July. FULL STORY »

Brenneman: “The sow can’t even turn around”

Did I capture your attention? It’s the phrase you see in every article against modern day pork production practices, and it’s meant to tug at your heartstrings and paint a restrictive and sad life for these animals. FULL STORY »

Photo of the Day: Keeping piglets safe

Minnesota pig farmer Lincoln Langhorst shares a look at why producers use farrowing crates to keep piglets safe, much like mothers who use bassinets to keep their babies safe. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets traded firmly Friday morning

Corn traders seem to be focusing supportive factors Friday. The private crop tour of the Midwest yielded huge corn production forecasts this week, but CBOT prices are apparently finishing the week strongly. FULL STORY »

COOL, GMOs and beyond

Much hangs in the balance for agriculture and livestock producers. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Farm pays tribute to Derek Jeter with corn maze

VonThun’s Country Farm Market & Greenhouses in Monmouth Junction, N.J., has created a corn maze in the likeness of baseball player Derek Jeter. From Sept. 20 to Oct. 31, visitors will be able to try to make their way through the five-acre maze of Jeter’s face and baseball cap with the message “Thanks Captain Clutch.” FULL STORY »

FAO urges support for animal disease monitoring

Calling animal disease a “weak link” in global efforts to combat disease, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for sustained monitoring of animal diseases, particularly those that can cross species barriers to infect humans. FULL STORY »

Trillions of gallons of water lost in Calif. drought

How bad is California’s drought? It’s so bad, data from earthquake monitoring stations suggests some 62 trillion gallons of water are missing from California and other western states. FULL STORY »

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