Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

Japan, United States face off in crucial trade negotiations

Japan and the United States on Wednesday began a round of crucial talks aimed at concluding a trade pact seen as critical to the success of regional negotiations, although officials warned that bridging differences would be difficult. FULL STORY »

Farrow to finish margins drop but still above $110 per head

After climbing to more than $116 per head the previous week, farrow to finish margins finished the week ending April 4 at $111.06 per head. At this time last month, margins were $66.31 and at this time last year, they were negative $28.87. FULL STORY »

Hogs diverged from general advance in other ag markets Tuesday

Optimism about Wednesday’s WASDE result seemed to boost the crop markets Tuesday. Chinese officials announced Monday night that they had approved Brazilian corn for import, so the implied increase in competition for U.S. corn weighed on CBOT prices. FULL STORY »

Corn planting begins…for some

The return of spring-like weather helped farmers make progress in planting corn across nearly one-quarter of the country’s top corn-producing states, primarily in Plains states. FULL STORY »

Finding success with next generation farmers

Not everyone goes to work every day knowing that they will be inspired by the people they meet—I’m very fortunate in that way. FULL STORY »

Swine expert Timothy Snider joins University of Minnesota faculty

Timothy Snider, D.V.M., M.P.H., has joined the University of Minnesota as an instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His focus will be on the delivery of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and post-DVM training. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Grow-finish pigs and summer heat

It has been a quiet week in my swine consulting business. As a result, I’ve had time to catch up on some of my reading of recently published scientific papers and conference proceedings. FULL STORY »

U.S. House panel to vote on swaps regulator mandate

U.S. lawmakers on Monday launched a bill to rewrite the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, giving more leeway to smaller players in the derivative markets it oversees. FULL STORY »

Chris Cowan joins Animal Health International

According to Animal Health International, Inc., Chris Cowan has joined Animal Health International as Swine Sales Manager—Midwest Region. FULL STORY »

PEDv will impact production, prices in 2014

Even though it was found for the first time in the U.S. just a year ago in April, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has caused important losses in swineherds across the country and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014. FULL STORY »

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