December Hogs and Pigs Report: Breeding inventory up from 2011

According to the USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry report, the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released by USDA on December 28th told pork industry observers two important things about the direction of hog production in 2013: first, that U.S. breeding inventories have not declined, despite very high feed costs; and secondly, that U.S. litter rates have not yet topped out. FULL STORY »

Profits looming for struggling pork industry

Pork producers could be on the verge of turning profits after suffering several months of losses caused by drought-decimated feed resources, Purdue University Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. FULL STORY »

Ag Forecast: Striking a balance in animal production

The need for agriculture to maintain the public's support of animal production practices while at the same time provide enough food for the world will be examined by experts at Purdue University and the USDA. FULL STORY »

Livestock producers get income tax relief after drought

Some Midwestern livestock producers might find themselves facing higher income tax bills if the drought forced them to cull and sell more animals than normal in 2012 - but help is available, two Purdue Extension agricultural economists say. FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses ease

Although U.S. pork producer margins remain mired in red ink, the losses eased for the week ending Jan. 11, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Why are seed, chemical, and farm equipment prices rising?

What is the name of the company on your bag of seed? Who makes the crop protectant chemicals you primarily use? FULL STORY »

MF Global creditors propose liquidation plan

Unsecured creditors of MF Global Holdings Ltd. last week proposed a liquidation plan that could pay the brokerage's former customers in full. FULL STORY »

New reform-minded farm law needed, says farm group

American Farm Bureau president voices concerns. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Production, price estimates bearish for meats

USDA's January production and price estimates were bullish for grains and bearish for meats. Friday's USDA supply and demand estimates changed the forecast for 2013 pork production from down 1.7 percent compared to last year to up 0.2 percent. FULL STORY »

Coalition to address ag labor needs

As a unified voice of agriculture, the goal of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) is to seek legislation that ensures America’s farms, ranches and other agricultural operations have access to a stable and skilled workforce. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The importance of a strong safety net

At the beginning of this New Year, we at USDA are redoubling our efforts to achieve an adequate, defensible safety net for producers, more economic opportunity through the biobased economy, safe and nutritious food for Americans, robust efforts to carry out research and greater conservation of our natural resources. FULL STORY »

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