PEDv blamed for lower 2014 pork production

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) will continue to be a big player in impacting pork production throughout 2014, according to the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. FULL STORY »

WASDE: Corn prices climb but stay under $5

The USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report shows a slight uptick in corn prices, a 125-million-bushel increase in projected corn exports and a 9 percent drop in corn stocks. FULL STORY »

Say ‘adios’ to La Nada

Here comes El Niño, and early data suggests it could grow into a monster. FULL STORY »

Finding success with next generation farmers

Not everyone goes to work every day knowing that they will be inspired by the people they meet—I’m very fortunate in that way. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Grow-finish pigs and summer heat

It has been a quiet week in my swine consulting business. As a result, I’ve had time to catch up on some of my reading of recently published scientific papers and conference proceedings. FULL STORY »

PEDv will impact production, prices in 2014

Even though it was found for the first time in the U.S. just a year ago in April, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has caused important losses in swineherds across the country and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014. FULL STORY »

Dodge Ram rallies more support for FFA Play video

Dodge Ram’s “Year of the Farmer” may have formally ended, but the company is back with renewed support for the National FFA Organization in an upcoming fundraising honoring the “next crop” of farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

The precautionary principle Play video

Mark Walton, PhD, chief marketing officer for Recombinetics, describes how gene-splicing technology can advance livestock genetics, and how the precautionary principle can stifle innovation in food production. FULL STORY »

Brumm: Why not livestock revenue insurance?

It sure would be nice if there was a risk management tool for livestock producers similar to crop insurance that would allow producers to participate in these record setting prices when their production has been so adversely impacted by PEDv. FULL STORY »

PEDv losses not as large as expected

The headline for the last USDA Hogs and Pigs report could have been: "PEDv Losses Not as Large as Expected." A week later, spring and summer lean futures are down nearly $10 per hundredweight, or about eight percent. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Fighting the fanatics

University researchers in Florida who work with animals are now lobbying the state legislature for the right to shelter personal information from animal activists intent on intimidating them. FULL STORY »

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