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Is your fence law as out of date as fences?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 »

Drought persists in U.S. Plains, no harm seen from cold snap

Dry weather persists in the U.S. Plains and western Midwest leading to concern about the fate of the 2013 U.S. hard red winter wheat crop and seedings of the corn and soybean crops, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday FULL STORY »

Farmland tenure in the USA and in Illinois

Farmers and ranchers own the majority of the land dedicated to the production of agricultural products, yet a significant portion of our nation's farmland is rented or leased from non-operating landlords. FULL STORY »

Management review of 2012 while looking forward to 2013

Steven Covey is the author of the 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People'. One of those seven habits is to 'begin with the end in mind'. FULL STORY »

Taxes, crop insurance claims, and the related deskwork

This is the tax preparation season and many farm decisions were pushed out of 2012 into 2013 because of the uncertainties regarding taxes. Congress was also uncertain, and as it turns out, so was the Internal Revenue Service. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: Debt ceiling increase vs. spending cuts

Policymakers in Washington are digging in for the next big battle, this one over raising the country’s debt ceiling. The Secretary of the Treasury says the U.S. government will be unable to pay its bills if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by early March at the latest. FULL STORY »

Swine Profitability Conference set for Feb. 5

The conference will provide swine producers and allied industry with in-depth information on production management, marketing and business decisions related to capital investment and profitability in the swine industry. FULL STORY »

Vilsack: Growing opportunity by expanding access to credit

Today, USDA remains focused on working with Congress to secure a comprehensive, multiyear Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. FULL STORY »

Online tool provides an interactive farm budgeting resource Play video

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri has developed an online tool to help farmers build projected budgets for their operations. FULL STORY »

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