U.S. sees best corn crop since 1994

Seventy-three percent of the country’s corn crop is rated in good or excellent condition this week, the best conditions reported in 20 years. FULL STORY »

Strong performance in South Korea for U.S. beef, pork

One of the top-performing markets for U.S. beef and pork in 2014 has been South Korea, where exports have posted strong year-over-year gains. FULL STORY »

Shift from corn to soybeans could continue

A survey of more than 1,300 growers indicates they plan to switch more acres from corn to soybeans in 2015. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted modest losses Monday night

Monday’s crop report is weighing on the crop markets. The weekly USDA Crop Progress report raised the latest rating for the U.S. corn crop 1%, which made it the second-highest mid-August reading since 1994. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: 'Mini Me' Verne Troyer takes milk bucket challenge for ALS

Verne Troyer, best known for playing "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movies, took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge using milk - and a cookie - due to California's drought. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins continue to landslide

Farrow-to-finish margins continue to landslide, dropping from $61.74 per head in the previous week to $40.32 per head for the week ending August 22, says the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker report. FULL STORY »

World Food Prize President to speak in Iran

Kenneth Quinn will continue Norman Borlaug’s legacy of bridging divides to improve food security worldwide by attending the Borlaug Centennial Celebration and Conference in Iran. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Don’t be fooled

Don’t’ let a little Photoshop or a few Instagram filters fool you with dark, disturbing photos of hog barns. FULL STORY »

Crop and livestock markets diverged Monday

Monday’s old-crop bean reversal seemed to spark widespread crop selling. The tight old-crop bean situation has been supporting bean and meal prices lately, but September beans and meal futures reversed sharply lower today, which seemingly triggered a concerted decline among the crop markets. FULL STORY »

Vaught: CME continues its downward plunge

CME continues its downward spiral on the heels of last Friday’s quote. The late-summer downturn is atypical and sends a message to producers. FULL STORY »

USDA raises beef, pork price forecasts on drought, disease

Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to rise on a combination of drought and disease, but overall food cost increases remain near long-term averages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. FULL STORY »

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