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ISU unveils Agricultural Business Plan Competition for students

Undergraduate and graduate students from 15 land-grant universities will have the opportunity in the next few months to compete for $15,000 in cash awards through a new program developed by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and sponsored by Stine Seed and Summit Group. FULL STORY »

Financial market action weighed on commodity values Thursday

Financial markets may have depressed the commodity markets Thursday. The weekly Export Sales report seemed supportive of corn prices, but apparently did little in the face of broad commodity selling this morning. FULL STORY »

Natural gas supply fell this week

Prices rose in New England over the September 17-24 report week, with reported restrictions from Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT). FULL STORY »

Study says insects’ fear limits boost from climate change

Scientists often measure the effects of temperature on insects to predict how climate change will affect their distribution and abundance, but a Dartmouth study shows for the first time that insects’ fear of their predators, in addition to temperature, ultimately limits how fast they grow. FULL STORY »

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 »

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