Hiring top-notch farm labor means digging deep

Recruiting, hiring and keeping the best farm workers require careful planning and knowing how to select the best people for the job. FULL STORY »

Drought seen worsening in U.S. Plains and western Midwest

Dry weather continues to plague the drought-stricken U.S. Plains and western Midwest with only light showers and snowfall expected this week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Despite extension, farm policy could see changes and cuts

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, 2013, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to revisit the legislation sooner rather than later. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Packer animal welfare programs

At the Iowa and Minnesota Pork Congress, Hormel met with producers who supply live hogs to their slaughter plants. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: Temporary solutions for U.S. spending, budget woes

Congress has avoided a fight with the Administration over the debt ceiling, at least for a little while. In effect, policymakers agreed to essentially suspend the borrowing limit until May 18. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: 2012 worst financial year since 2009

Iowa State University calculations estimate the average cost of production for market hogs slaughtered in December was $73.96 per hundred pounds, live weight. For all of last year, the average market hog lost $12.47 per head making 2012 the worst year financially since 2009. FULL STORY »

Atrazine has a huge impact on Missouri economy

Atrazine, presently used on more than 85 percent of the corn acres in Missouri, is considered one of the most effective and least costly herbicides in use. University of Missouri Extension is helping farmers and communities manage atrazine runoff so the herbicide remains available. FULL STORY »

Legislation removes some uncertainty on estate taxes

The recent “fiscal cliff” legislation provides small businesses and farms some much-needed relief from uncertainty about estate taxes, says a University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist. FULL STORY »

Weather is the key factor for 2013 profits

The U.S. economy, pork exports and international monetary exchange rates will also play important roles in determining profitability in 2013 for pork producers, according to Steve Meyer, president, Paragon Economics, who addressed the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Is your fence law as out of date as fences?

Since 1950 livestock production has experienced many dynamic changes. Cattle production increased, and then declined to the point we have about the same number of cattle in the US as were being counted in 1950. FULL STORY »

Midwest loss ratios soar as indemnities continue to rise

Twelve states have loss ratios of at least 1.1 — meaning crop losses paid are $1.10 for every dollar received in premiums for the 2012 crop year — according to the Jan. 21 data from the Risk Management Agency. FULL STORY »

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