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Pork packer margins are back in the black

Farrow-to-finish margins were slightly up by $1 per head last week, hitting $111.27 the week ending July 18, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: A new economic climate versus last year

Last week, I was at a production site working with production supervisors for a production system. While they spend every working day in production facilities directing the care of pigs and making individual pig marketing decisions, the supervisors really had not thought about the impact of today’s market prices on their contract producers. FULL STORY »

New energy-rich yogurt for baby pigs

Brookside Agra now offers an energy-rich yogurt product for suckling/weanling piglets. FULL STORY »

China's WH Group set to raise $2 billion in scaled-down IPO

WH Group Ltd is set to raise $2.05 billion in a scaled-down Hong Kong initial public offering, a person with direct knowledge said on Tuesday, the Chinese pork producer's second attempt to list this year after investors rebuffed a pricier deal. FULL STORY »

Study claims beef worse for environment than pork, poultry

Should the beef industry consider a new study claiming beef production is worse for the environment than other protein sources a blow to modern beef production, or is it another attempt by the anti-beef community to get beef off the dinner plate? FULL STORY »

Alumbaugh: Everyone is responsible

It’s a tragedy, really. We produce the safest, most abundant food supply in the world, but the Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates that in 2010, 31 percent of food available for consumption at the retail and consumer levels in the United States went uneaten. FULL STORY »

Cattle, soybeans climb Tuesday morning

Corn futures couldn’t sustain their Monday night bounce. The lack of change in corn ratings on Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report seemed to spark a technical rebound last night. FULL STORY »

Drones draw interest to crop scouting and other new farm uses

Remote sensors can play a big part of farming in the future. Those sensors can be on a 10-foot pole or a satellite 250 miles out in space. FULL STORY »

Corn crop in best shape in 21 years

As of July 20, 76 percent of the country’s corn is in good or better condition, marking the best conditions seen since 1993. FULL STORY »

Cattle diverged from general ag market weakness Monday

Weather news continued depressing crop futures Monday. The corn market remained under pressure early this week after the latest forecasts indicated current heat will be followed by cooler and milder conditions through late July. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Lions, tigers and bears ‘designing’ jeans for charity

These shredded jeans take “distressed” to the next level. FULL STORY »

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