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 »

Vilsack appoints new members to USDA NAREEE Advisory Board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of eight individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. FULL STORY »

TQA program recently updated

Pork producers, employees and handlers can renew TQA Certification online. FULL STORY »

Japan, fresh from Australia pact: U.S. trade talks "difficult"

Japan, fresh from clinching a trade deal with Australia, said on Tuesday it hoped for a similar result in negotiations with the United States and also for a broad regional trade pact, but said the talks would be difficult. FULL STORY »

Ag markets generally bounced from Monday's lows

Optimism about Wednesday’s WASDE result seemed to boost corn futures this morning. Chinese officials announced Monday night that they had approved Brazilian corn for import. FULL STORY »

Dodge Ram rallies more support for FFA Play video

Dodge Ram’s “Year of the Farmer” may have formally ended, but the company is back with renewed support for the National FFA Organization in an upcoming fundraising honoring the “next crop” of farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

The precautionary principle Play video

Mark Walton, PhD, chief marketing officer for Recombinetics, describes how gene-splicing technology can advance livestock genetics, and how the precautionary principle can stifle innovation in food production. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed Monday

Corn futures started the week on a soft note. Ongoing rains over parts of the Corn Belt and improved weather forecasts for the central U.S. seemed to weigh upon corn futures Monday. Traders reportedly expect late-week dryness to allow a big surge in plantings. FULL STORY »

Brumm: Why not livestock revenue insurance?

It sure would be nice if there was a risk management tool for livestock producers similar to crop insurance that would allow producers to participate in these record setting prices when their production has been so adversely impacted by PEDv. FULL STORY »

China, Japan nervous as PEDv cases climb

It’s been nearly a year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first detected in the United States, and though the pace of confirmed cases is slowing, it continues to climb. FULL STORY »

PEDv losses not as large as expected

The headline for the last USDA Hogs and Pigs report could have been: "PEDv Losses Not as Large as Expected." A week later, spring and summer lean futures are down nearly $10 per hundredweight, or about eight percent. FULL STORY »

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