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Closer management required for ag economy's transition

The economy of the U.S. agriculture sector is in a transition phase following a 10-year period of wealth. Now, with global economies slipping, the agriculture sector is also slipping. FULL STORY »

Ag markets decidedly mixed in Wednesday night action

Crop futures slipped again Wednesday night. The crop markets mounted a modest comeback from recent harvest-driven losses yesterday. FULL STORY »

West Coast refineries continue to receive crude via rail

While EIA currently does not collect data on domestic movements of crude oil and products by rail, an examination of EIA data reveals that there is a growing supply of crude to the West Coast (PADD 5) that is not explicitly accounted for by production, imports, or movements from other PADDs via pipeline, tanker or barge (Figure 1). FULL STORY »

Sept. 1 grain stocks estimates provide no support for prices

Crop prices are currently dominated by expectations of very large U.S. and world crops. The USDA's estimates of September 1, 2014 domestic grain stocks released Tuesday added to the supply pressure for corn and wheat. FULL STORY »

Ag markets ended Tuesday mostly lower

The stocks report weighed on corn futures Tuesday. The quarterly Grain Stocks report stated September 1 U.S. corn stockpiles at 1.236 million bushels, which modestly exceeded industry expectations. FULL STORY »

Four tips for a winning culture

If you’re the owner of a company and you want to maximize the productivity of your workforce, then it’s important to foster engagement, loyalty and productivity, says Jack Daly, an author and corporate sales trainer. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher again

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher last week, reaching $60.84 per head the week ending September 26, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Last year at this time, margins were just $4.57 per head. FULL STORY »

Attorney sheds light on manure handling, application regulations

Although the Lake Erie algae problems that contaminated Toledo’s water supply in early August have subsided, the crisis raised questions about animal manure application on farmland in Ohio and how it might have contributed to the problem. FULL STORY »

Corn stocks top 1.2 billion bushels

In its latest Grain Stocks report, the USDA reported 1.24 billion bushels of old crop corn stocks in all positions on Sept. 1, up 50 percent from last year’s report. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted mixed reactions to the USDA reports

The stocks report weighed on corn futures around midsession Tuesday. The quarterly Grain Stocks report stated September 1 U.S. corn stockpiles at 1.236 million bushels, which exceeded industry expectations FULL STORY »

Consumers want more pork and they want it now

The latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report suggests that pork producers will be able to get more pork to consumers and to get it to them more quickly than had been anticipated. FULL STORY »

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