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Brumm Speaks Out: Putting a new roof on your finisher?

With profits returning to the hog industry, producers with older facilities are making plans for repairs this coming summer season. FULL STORY »

Final 2012 Census of Agriculture report to be released May 2

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2. FULL STORY »

Landscape 'transition zones' may influence where tornadoes strike

Areas where landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland may have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns, a Purdue University study says. FULL STORY »

Ukraine-Russia situation clearly supporting the crop markets

Several factors are boosting corn futures to start the week. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn Sunday night. FULL STORY »

Smithfield pork deal earns WH Group executives $600 million bonus

Two senior executives of China's biggest pork producer WH Group Ltd received a combined $600 million payout for helping the Chinese company seal last year's record $4.9 billion takeover of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods Inc, an unusually high incentive for an acquisition. FULL STORY »

Corn consumption continues to exceed projections

USDA's WASDE report released projected marketing year-end corn stocks down for a fifth consecutive month. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Why the first hot day isn’t so bad

With temperatures recently topping 70 degrees Farenheit in Southern Minnesota, many pork producers will be unprepared for change from winter to summer conditions. Fortunately, while the ventilation systems may not be fully prepped for their summer cycles, the physics of heat storage will keep pigs comfortable. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens drop below $80

The weaner pig breakeven price is $79.55 down $2.08 for the week. That is the third consecutive weekly drop with the price down $11.53 from the high on March 21. FULL STORY »

The Russia-Ukraine situation is boosting the crop markets

Korean buying seemed to boost corn futures Sunday night. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn last night, which probably played a role in the week-opening rise. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog prices this week were sharply lower

U.S. pork exports were up 5.5 percent in February compared to a year ago thanks to increased shipments to Mexico, China and Colombia. Imports of pork into the U.S. were down 6.7 percent in February due to less pork coming in from Canada. FULL STORY »

Grain, soy futures dipped while other markets firmed Friday p.m.

Big soy losses seemed to weigh on corn futures Friday. The soy complex dipped Thursday night, then declined farther Friday morning as traders continued reacting to news of big Chinese soy shipment cancellations. FULL STORY »

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