AFBF comments on USDA's harvest projections

The Agriculture Department’s much-anticipated October report on agricultural supply and demand for the 2014-2015 marketing year delivered few surprises today, the American Farm Bureau Federation said. FULL STORY »

World Farmers’ Organisation president resigns

During the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) Board meeting in Viterbo, Italy, Peter Kendall tendered his resignation as President. FULL STORY »

Crop markets are starting the week on a generally firm note

Corn futures bounced slightly from their Friday decline Sunday night. Although last Friday’s WASDE report wasn’t seen as especially bearish, futures turned sharply lower before the close. FULL STORY »

What gives cooked meat color?: Part 2

Have you ever eaten a hamburger that is brown in color and actually undercooked? What about one that is still pinkish in color and safe to eat? FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Forecast of 2015 pork production up by 2.6 percent

The October WASDE made only minor changes to USDA's production and price forecasts for 2014 pork, but it increased their forecast of 2015 pork production by 2.6% and lowered their forecast of next year's average hog price by $4-$5/cwt. USDA is forecasting 51-52% lean hogs will average close to $77.60/cwt of live weight this year and between $63/cwt and $68/cwt next year. FULL STORY »

Corn, soybean production up slightly

Both corn and soybean production is up from September's forecast. FULL STORY »

USDA estimates corn, soybean production up for 2014-15

The USDA forecasts corn production at 80 million bushels higher. This will set a record at 14,475 million bushels. FULL STORY »

2014 pork production slips slightly, USDA reports

Pork production for 2014 has been reduced from last month as slower gains in carcass weights during the second half of the year more than offset the higher-than-expected fourth-quarter slaughter. FULL STORY »

Livestock markets posted disparate reactions to the USDA data

Corn futures suffered a belated bearish reaction to Friday’s USDA data. Corn had declined in concert with soybeans prior to the release of today’s 11:00 AM CDT release of the USDA’s Crop Production and Supply/Demand (WASDE) reports. FULL STORY »

Alumbaugh: Multiple factors contribute to PRDC

Chronic respiratory disease is common and can be difficult to prevent and control. Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) can have a significant impact on herds if not monitored and managed. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Meet ‘the Pig Whisperer’

She may be small, but this young pig farmer is gifted. FULL STORY »

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