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John Morrell & Co. agrees to pay fine in hog case

A meatpacking company has agreed to pay a fine after it was accused of undervaluing hog carcasses and falsifying records at slaughterhouses in South Dakota and Iowa. Officials say John Morrell & Co. will pay $162,500 as part of a settlement agreement with the federal government. FULL STORY »

Soybean production and consumption uncertainty

Soybean prices, along with the prices of many commodities, have come under considerable pressure in the month of September. The 15 percent decline in soybean prices in less than four weeks, however, raises the question of whether the decline has been overdone. FULL STORY »

CBOT soy outlook: Economic worries stoke fear of slower demand

U.S. soybean futures are poised for a lower start, extending the trend of falling prices on fears a weak global economic outlook will dampen demand. FULL STORY »

CBOT corn outlook: Seen up as price drop attracts grain buyers

U.S. corn futures on Monday are expected to rebound from nearly three-month lows as the slide in prices has attracted grain users to the market. FULL STORY »

U.S. grain and soy review: Soybeans close at fresh low for 2011

U.S. soybean futures fell to their lowest level of the year Friday as mounting economic woes continued to fuel selling across asset classes. FULL STORY »

U.S. livestock review: Lean hog futures rise

Lean-hog futures also rose Friday as stronger wholesale pork prices and signs of smaller pork inventories helped the complex recover much of Thursday's big losses. FULL STORY »

CBOT corn outlook: Lower on economy, harvest, but end-users are buying

CBOT Corn Outlook: Lower On Economy, Harvest, But End-Users Are Buying FULL STORY »

CBOT soy outlook: Economic woes push prices to 2011 low

U.S. soybean futures are expected to start at their lowest level of the year Friday as mounting economic woes fuel selling across asset classes. FULL STORY »

Record high pork production in August

According to the USDA's monthly Livestock Slaughter report released Sept. 23, pork production totaled 1.89 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.53 million head, up 5 percent from August 2010. FULL STORY »

U.S. livestock review: Hog futures hammered by global market sell-off

Lean hog futures also fell sharply as markets sold off across the board. October hog futures fell 0.92 cent, or 1%, to 88.35 cents a pound in trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. CME December hogs fell 2.1 cents, or 2.5%, to 82 cents a pound. FULL STORY »

U.S. hogs: Futures fall sharply on global selloff, economic worries

U.S. lean hog futures fell sharply Thursday as investors fled from global markets on growing fears of a worldwide recession. FULL STORY »

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