Doane Market Watch: All eyes on Friday's Hogs & Pigs report

All eyes in the hog and pork industry are turning to the USDA in anticipation of Friday's quarterly Hogs & Pigs report. The June report reminded producers, traders and analysts of the potential market moving nature of those results, especially amidst current confusing conditions. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens dip below $80

Pricing off the April lean hog contract for March sales shows a weaner breakeven of $79.64 down $2.28 for the week. Futures prices were down $1.90 for the week and feed costs were down $1.26 per head. FULL STORY »

Food versus fuel in U.S. renewable energy showdown

A bumper corn crop in the U.S. means now is the time to reduce government mandates on turning food into fuel, an agricultural economist said, amid a debate over bioenergy targets. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Swine nutrition is exciting

This week, I participated in both the Leman Swine Health Conference and the Minnesota Nutrition Conference. At both meetings one of the major topics was ‘gut health’ and the impact of nutrition on health. FULL STORY »

What to do now in regards to the 2014 Farm Bill

The 2014 farm bill contains new farm programs that will require complex decisions by farmers and landlords in late 2014 and early 2015. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Can veggies eat fake meat?

With breathless pronouncements and over-the-top media events, the creators of test-tube ‘meat’ keep claiming their pink slime-like ‘product’ will revolutionize the way the world eats. Really? FULL STORY »

NPPC responds to White House antibiotic resistance report

Howard Hilll, president of the National Pork Producers Council, responded to an executive order issued Thursday to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. FULL STORY »

Brenneman finalist in ‘Faces of Farming and Ranching’ search

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has narrowed down entries for the next class of its “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search, and PorkNetwork blogger and pig farmer Erin Brenneman has been named one of the finalists. FULL STORY »

AHI comment on PCAST report on antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health threat. Like the 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on antibiotic resistance, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report provides an important perspective and context on antibiotic resistance and the role of both human and animal medicine. FULL STORY »

Mistakes that hurt a farm's credit

Farmers and bankers are in the risk business together, and ag producers are on the front lines of risk management every day. FULL STORY »

AgFeed to pay $18 million to settle SEC charges

Hog production company AgFeed Industries, Inc. has agreed to pay $18 million to settle allegations filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charging the company and top executive with conducting a massive accounting fraud. FULL STORY »

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