Photo of the day: Redefining ‘family time’

There's no question “family time" is important, but during harvest, a farm family often needs to revise what “family time" really means. FULL STORY »

Meredith: A little less ‘oy,’ a little more joy

It’s a whole lot harder to shine than it is to undermine. Emily Meredith tells about a highly successful blogger tour and the subsequent attack by animal rights activists. FULL STORY »

Unapproved genetically engineered wheat found in Montana

The USDA has found unregulated genetically engineered wheat in Montana. FULL STORY »

Don’t lose sight of feed efficiency

All signs point to a bountiful harvest, with corn and soybean meal prices expected to fall. However, with feed costs making up about 65 percent of production costs, it still pays to reduce the cost of the diet or improve feed efficiency. FULL STORY »

BBQ squeeze: Sky-high U.S. meat prices will continue

Prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continued to increase on a combination of drought and disease that have culled herds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week. FULL STORY »

Crop markets are starting the week mostly higher

Grain traders may have squared ag market positions Sunday night. Persistently fine Midwest weather favors an outstanding harvest and persistent U.S. dollar strength is hurting export prospects. FULL STORY »

U.S.-Japan trade talks hit new farm exports snag

U.S.-Japan trade talks hit a rough patch this week with both sides blaming the other for a stalemate over farm exports, a major hurdle in concluding an ambitious 12-nation trade pact. FULL STORY »

Online resource help farmers select new farm bill programs

The USDA launched a new online resource this week to help farmers across the country make important decisions on new farm bill created safety net programs. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: USDA report recap

USDA's September hogs and pigs report said the nation's inventory of hogs was down 2.3 percent on the first day of September compared to a year ago. USDA said the number of market hogs was down 2.7 percent, but the breeding herd was up 1.8 percent compared to September 2013. FULL STORY »

US river freight system near breaking point as huge harvest looms

With a record U.S. harvest just coming in, the river transportation system that is at the heart of the nation's farm economy is overstrained by rising demand for shipping capacity, a low barge inventory, and a dilapidated lock system. FULL STORY »

Pork producers add 104,000 head to U.S. breeding herd

According to the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, the U.S. expanded the Sept. 1 breeding herd by 2 percent, surpassing analyst expectations. FULL STORY »

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