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Farrow-to-finish margins continue downward trend

Farrow-to-finish margins continue to decline, dropping from $77.80 per head in the previous week to $61.74 per head for the week ending August 15, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Falling livestock futures grabbing headlines Wednesday morning

Crop tour results are weighing on corn and soy futures. A privately sponsored tour of Corn Belt fields yielded some very high forecasts Tuesday, which apparently depressed new-crop corn and soy futures last night. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved decidedly mixed again Tuesday

Corn futures held at moving average support. Talk of large fall production depressed corn futures in early Tuesday trading. FULL STORY »

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

Before launching a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the FAA. FULL STORY »

Corn increases farmland value in four states

Increased prices in corn have caused the value of farmland in the northern plain states — Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota — to rise 16% last year, according to the Land Values report published by the National Agriculture Statistic Service earlier this month. FULL STORY »

Olthoff: I’ll take my supper with a side of the truth, hold the BS

I know many people think that conventional farmers are anti-organic. And some probably are. But truly, I support organic agriculture. What I don’t support is the misleading advertising that goes with it. FULL STORY »

Iowa State Fair: Hog garners $50,000 at Sale of Champions

"I had absolutely no idea that would happen," said 17-year-old Alexis Delaney of the high price her prized hog fetched. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Behold, the world’s first bacon-fueled motorcycle

Hormel’s bacon-powered motorcycle, the world's first, is making its way across the country from Austin, Minn. to San Diego, Calif., to promote the upcoming International Bacon Film Festival and gives new meaning to “hogging the road.” FULL STORY »

Washington, D.C., BBQ Battle right on “Q”

It was a barbecue bash like no other when Iowa pork producers fired up their grills and served more than 10,000 pork samples this summer during the Safeway 2014 Barbecue Battle, which is the largest food festival in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

USMEF chairman hosts restaurant team from Europe

Last week, Nebraska agricultural leaders hosted a team of chefs and other food service professionals from the Goodman Group, one of Europe’s leading operators of high-end restaurants. FULL STORY »

Ag markets are decidedly mixed at midsession Tuesday

Talk of large production is depressing corn futures. Corn futures proved unable to sustain their early-week follow-through to last week’s late rally and turned downward yesterday. FULL STORY »

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