Bank survey shows livestock operators rebuilding

Livestock operators are ready to expand business with commercial bank loans for livestock purchases rising to record levels not seen almost a decade. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The farm bill and ag research

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with several production systems that have made investments in research facilities. All of the systems say having access to within house research has been one of the reasons they feel they can remain competitive and profitable in the business of pork production. FULL STORY »

Wet soil or dry: Will ACRE provide any benefits in 2013?

Most Corn Belt farmers not have received an ACRE payment, since the inception of the program in the 2008 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Hog profits may still return with lower feed prices

The prospects for a return to profitability have brightened once again, but due to an entirely different reason: much lower feed prices. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The four-ton sow

We now have production systems talking about the four-ton sow: 8,000 pounds of live weight sales per inventoried female. This goal is similar to the 30-pig goal of a few years ago, which was thought to be impossible. FULL STORY »

'See it? Stop it!" initiative promotes animal well-being

Reaffirming its strong commitment to animal care and well-being, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) this week joined with the National Pork Board (NPB), the dairy industry and the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) to launch an initiative to encourage the immediate reporting of animal abuse, neglect, mishandling or harm. FULL STORY »

Is the farmland price bubble poised to burst?

With farmland across the nation soaring, many farmers are questioning the potential fallout if – or when – the farmland price bubble pops. FULL STORY »

Nebraska ag land worth 25% more, retraction expected

All-land value in Nebraska is estimated to be $3,040 per acre, more than double the estimate from three years ago, but values may not remain inflated. FULL STORY »

Safeguard people first in farm disaster planning

With the arrival of spring comes greater chances of floods and tornadoes that farmers and other agricultural business owners should plan for while avoiding any temptation to "risk it all to save the barn" during a disaster, a Purdue Extension disaster education specialist says. FULL STORY »

Farmers, ranchers mitigate impacts of drought with good planning

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather. FULL STORY »

Decision-making now turns to ACRE vs. direct payments

You have made your decision about crop insurance, and now your focus will turn to making a decision about participating in a farm program. FULL STORY »

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