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Crop markets began the week in mixed fashion

Corn futures are starting 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 future Sunday night. FULL STORY »

Livestock futures proved much weaker than the crop markets Friday

Corn futures staged a Friday comeback. News of fresh Chinese cancellations of U.S. corn imports and the improved Corn Belt moisture situation seemed to weigh upon corn futures Friday morning. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog price explosion slows

The April lean hog futures contract settled at $123.15/cwt today, down $2.60 from the previous Friday. FULL STORY »

Bacon prices up, eggs too

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Agriculture’s ROI on social media

I often wonder why farmers and ranchers are slow to adopt social media. Agriculture is making progress in this revolutionary way of communication. But we still have a long way to go. FULL STORY »

Court of Appeals will review COOL en banc

North American Meat Association was pleased to learn this morning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will review en banc the case declaring USDA’s Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) Rule unconstitutional. FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

Why feral swine management requires a national approach

Wild boar, razorback, feral hog, wild pig — these are just some of the names we attribute to one of the most destructive and formidable invasive species in the United States. FULL STORY »

Cotton rallied despite big losses in other ag markets Friday

Corn futures seemed to suffer from spillover weakness Friday morning. Although some sources blamed China’s latest cancellation of U.S. corn imports over non-approved GMO content for early losses, that seems like old news. FULL STORY »

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