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Hog Outlook: Cash hog prices this week were sharply lower

U.S. pork exports were up 5.5 percent in February compared to a year ago thanks to increased shipments to Mexico, China and Colombia. Imports of pork into the U.S. were down 6.7 percent in February due to less pork coming in from Canada. FULL STORY »

Producer inflation accelerates in March

U.S. producer prices recorded their largest increase in nine months in March, but that jump will probably not ignite inflation pressures as economic growth remains moderate. FULL STORY »

What could an employee handbook do for your farm?

Producers often express an interest in developing employee handbooks for their farms to add some protection to their human resource management. FULL STORY »

China's corn rejections cost companies $427 million

China has rejected nearly 1.45 million tons of U.S. corn shipments since late last year, according to a U.S. grain industry association, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. FULL STORY »

U.S. may give up demand for zero Japan beef tariffs in trade deal

The United States appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insist on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact. FULL STORY »

Idaho asks court to toss ‘ag gag’ lawsuit

Idaho isn’t backing down from its so-called “ag gag” law and has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and others in a coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations. FULL STORY »

Thursday's Export Sales report was generally disappointing

Thursday’s USDA Export Sales data disappointed crop traders. Today’s weekly report stated old-crop corn sales below the forecast range, while the new crop figure came in on the low side. FULL STORY »

Drought deepens in the Corn Belt, but...

…drought levels are still well below those reported this time last year. The worst of the drought has shifted from the Plains to the West Coast. FULL STORY »

Average farm debt-to-asset ratio declining

While total debt held by farms increased from 1992 to 2011, average farm debt-to-asset ratios declined during that time according to a report on debt use by farms conducted by USDA’s Economic Research Service. FULL STORY »

Export Sales report seemed generally bearish

Today’s USDA Export Sales data disappointed crop traders. FULL STORY »

The boy is back? Risk of El Nino this year increases

A U.S. weather forecaster said on Thursday the chances that the El Nino phenomenon will show up by summer are exceeding 50 percent. FULL STORY »

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