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How much will PEDv affect Friday’s Hogs & Pigs report?

Analysts expect the USDA to lowers its total inventory of hogs and pigs in Friday’s Hogs & Pigs report, largely due to the impacts of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus on the U.S. pig crop this spring and summer. FULL STORY »

Decline in oil prices caused by weak demand, good supply

North Sea Brent crude oil prices have remained under the symbolic $100/barrel level since September 5, falling to $94.13/barrel this afternoon, the lowest level in more than two years. FULL STORY »

Pork Signals: Seasonal price decline underway

The five most profitable months ever for U.S. hog producers have all been this year. Iowa State University calculations say that prior to 2014, the most profitable month for farrow-to-finish operations was September 1975, with an average profit of $64.68 per hog sold. FULL STORY »

Maximize tax savings from health insurance costs

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the individual mandate requires farmers to obtain and maintain "minimum essential coverage" (MEC) for themselves and dependents. FULL STORY »

Implications for the fate of green fertilizers

The use of green fertilizers is a practice that has been around since humans first began growing food, but researchers are warning that modern techniques for the creation of these fertilizers could have implications on soil toxicity. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted mixed closes Tuesday afternoon

Good harvest conditions continued depressing corn prices Tuesday. The weekly Crop Progress report didn’t seem to affect corn futures Monday night. FULL STORY »

Pork imports up a bit in July

Pork imports in July were 79 million pounds, an increase of 2.4 percent over July 2013. Most of July’s imports—almost 76 percent—were of Canadian origin, although U.S. imports of Canadian pork in July were fractionally lower than a year ago. FULL STORY »

Ag markets firmed Tuesday morning

Good harvest conditions continued depressing corn prices. The weekly Crop Progress report didn’t seem to affect corn futures overnight. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins near $55 per head

Unlike cattle markets, which finished lower on the week, farrow-to-finish margins increased last week to $54.12 per head compared to $47.75 per head the previous week, according to the latest Sterling Profit Tracker data. FULL STORY »

Corn harvest crawls ahead to 7%

The 2014 corn harvest may have started, but the pace remains below the five-year average. FULL STORY »

Cold Storage: Frozen pork supplies down slightly from 2013

Total red meat supplies in freezers were down slightly from the previous month and down 7 percent from last year. FULL STORY »

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