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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 »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens drop nearly $7

The weaner pig breakeven price is $81.63, down $6.94 for the week. The lower breakeven was driven by October futures dropping $2.70 for the week and feed prices increasing $1.46 per head. FULL STORY »

Doane Market Watch: March price spike greatly exaggerated

The March 28 Hogs & Pigs report seemed bearish, since most of the USDA numbers topped expectations. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Bacon prices up, eggs too

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Agriculture’s ROI on social media

I often wonder why farmers and ranchers are slow to adopt social media. Agriculture is making progress in this revolutionary way of communication. But we still have a long way to go. FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

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