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Crop markets turned decidedly lower Monday morning

The old-crop bean reversal seemed to spark widespread crop selling. The tight old-crop bean situation has been supporting bean and meal prices lately. FULL STORY »

WTO smacks the USDA again

A flag has been tossed....again....and the ref has blown his whistle....again. All that remains is the short time it will take him to turn on the public address system and make the same announcement he made the last time the same illegal play was called. FULL STORY »

New effort seeks to strengthen voice for science for GMOs

A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). FULL STORY »

Crop markets began the week in mixed fashion

Corn is starting this week rather poorly. The final result of the private crop tour taken last week was quite large (14.093 billion bushels), which is reinforcing ideas that the August USDA estimate was too low. FULL STORY »

EPA sends 2014 biofuel targets to White House

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel use to the White House as the long-delayed rule enters its last round of review before public release. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Fall sale weights

Sale weights for the first 3 weeks of August typically are 96.8 percent of early January sale weights in the Iowa-Southern Minnesota market. When I average the Iowa-Southern Minnesota weekly live weight at slaughter data for the past ten years, sale weights begin their fall increase on week 33 of the year. FULL STORY »

Livestock Slaughter: Pork production drops 2%

Pork production totaled 1.80 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.46 million head, down 7 percent from July 2013. T FULL STORY »

Cold Storage: Frozen pork supplies down 3%

Total red meat supplies in freezers were up slightly from the previous month but down 10 percent from last year. FULL STORY »

Ag markets closed mostly higher again Friday

Corn traders seemed to focus on supportive factors Friday. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Farrow-to-finishers earned $107.25 per head in July

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University indicate the typical Iowa farrow to finish operation earned a record profit of $107.25 per hog sold during July. That is $14.21 above the old record set the month before. The five most profitable months in history have all been this year. FULL STORY »

WTO rules against U.S. in meat label fight

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the United States in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. FULL STORY »

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