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USDA expands access to credit for beginning and family farmers

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. FULL STORY »

NPPC weighs in on Mexican pork imports

Recently, the National Pork Producers Council (\submitted written comments to the USDA on proposed regulation that would lift some restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from certain Mexican states that are free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) while continuing to protect against introduction of the disease into the United States. FULL STORY »

Forecaster says El Niño expected to begin in 1-2 months

The El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to occur in the next 1-2 months and last into next spring in the Northern Hemisphere, though it will likely be weak. FULL STORY »

World food prices dip to four-year low in September: FAO

World food prices fell to their lowest since August 2010 in September as prices of all major food groups except meat dropped, led by a sharp decline in dairy prices, the UN's food agency said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Indiana Forage Field Day set for Oct. 30

Forage growers and livestock producers will have the opportunity to see the diverse use of forages during Indiana Forage Field Day activities in the Trafalgar area. FULL STORY »

Piglet brain atlas to help understand human infant brains

A new online tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois will further aid studies into postnatal brain growth in human infants based on the similarities seen in the development of the piglet brain, said Rod Johnson, a U of I professor of animal sciences. FULL STORY »

Berman: Camouflaged activists threaten agriculture

Normally, this column space is reserved for the goings on of HSUS and other animal-liberation activists. But recently, they haven’t been having much success. FULL STORY »

Natural gas supply up this week

Mild temperatures led to natural gas price decreases at most market locations across the country. FULL STORY »

Flooding, drought divide the heartland

Drought lingers across the southern Plains while heavy rains soaked many states in the northern tier of the region over the last week. FULL STORY »

AFBF urges Senate to ditch water rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process. FULL STORY »

Big market losses depressed livestock prices Thursday afternoon

Thursday’s export data apparently affected the crop markets. One might easily assume rainfall now pounding parts of the Midwest would boost corn and soy prices, since it could slow the harvest and reduce quality. FULL STORY »

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