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Ag markets began Wednesday in mixed fashion

Continued talk of accelerated plantings is depressing corn futures. The corn market is very likely benefitting from strength spilling over from the soy and wheat complexes, especially with underlying demand for the yellow grain seeming quite robust as well. FULL STORY »

Dear Vilsack: Help pork industry fight PEDv

U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., has joined a growing number of politicians calling for help in fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

Soy, wheat markets surged Tuesday

Spillover strength supported corn futures Tuesday. The latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, but they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

Agriculture gives unmanned aerial vehicles a new purpose

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these devices offer farmers. FULL STORY »

Ag groups applaud small business tax break legislation

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), along with 36 other agricultural organizations, signed onto a letter applauding the House Ways and Means Committee for addressing expired tax provisions. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins still top $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins remained above $100 per head the week ending April 11, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Most Texas farmers have corn in the ground

Farmers in southern Texas try to start planting in February to beat the hot weather, so the corn crop there is already mostly planted, says Del Massey with Case IH. FULL STORY »

Ukraine-Russia situation apparently boosted wheat futures again

Dry forecasts reportedly weighed on corn futures Tuesday morning. Although the latest forecasts point to cool mid-April temperatures, they also imply a stretch of dryness. FULL STORY »

USDA considers mandatory reporting for PEDv

The USDA has discussed the option of mandatory reporting of PEDv with industry organizations, but for this virus, it's too late to have significant benefits. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Pork, beef exports to Mexico start strong

U.S. pork and beef exports to Mexico posted very strong results in early 2014, despite concerns about tight supplies and rising U.S. meat prices. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved surprisingly mixed Tuesday morning

Unremarkable corn plantings may have undercut futures Monday night. Talk of delayed corn plantings has supported that market lately. FULL STORY »

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