North America

AgChat organizes 3rd Annual #foodthanks campaign

Whether it’s the harvest on the family farm or a dish on the dinner table, social media users from all sectors of the ag and food community can share their appreciation for food and those who provide it with AgChat's hashtag #foodthanks campaign. FULL STORY »

China to stockpile domestic corn, soy for state reserves

The Chinese government will start stockpiling soy and corn from local farmers at higher prices than a year ago, an industry source said on Tuesday, a move set to stabilize domestic prices and support soy imports. FULL STORY »

YouTube series shows farming innovation can feed the future

A new four-part YouTube series "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming," is now available on University of California's YouTube original channel UCTV Prime. The series examines the challenges of feeding the world and demonstrates how UC Davis researchers and students are working together to develop innovative ways to feed the world without depleting our resources. FULL STORY »

EU trade chief calls on Mexico to reopen trade pact with Europe

Europe and Mexico need to go back to the negotiating table to rework their 12-year-old free-trade agreement to include services and agriculture, the European Union's top trade official said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Ag marketers optimistic on business outlook

Agribusiness executives generally believe the ag economy and business environment will strengthen over the coming year, according to a poll from Agri Marketing magazine and the American Business Media's (ABM) Agri-Council. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins took a turn for the worse, dropping $13.96 per head last week compared with the week before. Packer margins continue to gain ground, having nearly doubled from the profits for the previous week. FULL STORY »

Right and left at odds in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

The Washington Post reports plans for water cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay are being “hit by opponents from both the left and right.” FULL STORY »

September beef exports fall, pork remains steady

U.S. pork exports in September were steady with last year’s volume, while beef exports were well below a year ago. Despite sluggish volumes, however, the value of both pork and beef exports through the third quarter of 2012 remains ahead of last year’s record-setting pace. FULL STORY »

Update on South American soybean crops

November is the most important month for soybean planting progress in South America’s two largest producers, Argentina and Brazil. FULL STORY »

Alternative enterprises boost farm incomes

Growing numbers of farm families generate additional income by engaging in on-farm businesses other than producing agricultural commodities, according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service. Close to a third of U.S. farm households generate income by engaging in off-farm business ventures and on-farm activities independent of commodity production, according to the report. FULL STORY »

NCPC provides food for support Sandy victims

The board of directors of the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) has donated $10,000 to support a direct feeding effort being made for Hurricane Sandy victims. FULL STORY »

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