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Corn-stover ethanol could increase CO2 emissions

Removing corn residues for production of cellulosic ethanol puts carbon into the air rather than back into the soil, and likely would generate more CO2 emissions than gasoline, at least initially, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens slip below $80

Using October lean hog futures the weaner pig breakeven price is $79.32 down $0.23 for the week. Feed costs were up slightly this week, and the October futures were basically unchanged. FULL STORY »

House lawmakers want Japan to eliminate tariffs

Ahead of President Obama’s April 24 meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, more than 60 members of the House urged the administration to press Japan to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers for U.S. agricultural products as part of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. T FULL STORY »

Stage is set for World Pork Expo’s MusicFest

World Pork Expo takes a festive turn on Thursday, June 5, as the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) presents MusicFest. FULL STORY »

No surge in corn planting…yet

Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace. FULL STORY »

Cattle bucked Monday's bearish ag market trend

Weather news appears to depress the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Fewer – but heavier – hogs slaughtered in 2013

The USDA released its annual Livestock Slaughter summary on Monday, showing a slight dip in pork production from 2012 to 2013. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: August vs. October futures pricing

Every year about this time, I begin commenting on preparations for summer heat relief in grow-finish facilities. FULL STORY »

USDA announces investment fund to create jobs in rural America

As part of the Obama Administration’s new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. FULL STORY »

Ag markets fell by varying amounts Monday morning

Weather news appears to be depressing the crop markets. Although news that March Chinese imports of U.S. corn fell sharply from last year probably weighed on CBOT prices, the weather was reportedly a bigger factor. FULL STORY »

Chef celebrates heart-healthy pork’s diversity

Pork can be a powerful part of a healthy diet and during American Heart Month, the Pork Checkoff teamed with Food Network Star finalist, Chef Judson Allen, to promote pork’s health benefits to African American consumers. FULL STORY »

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