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Cash rents rise in 2012 but should remain steady in 2013

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the county-by-county breakdown of its 2012 survey of cash rents. As with most things this year, prices are up. FULL STORY »

October farm receipts up, along with costs

The October Agricultural Prices report from USDA shows overall prices received for farm products gaining ground in October. Prices farmers paid for commodities and services also increased, but at a slower rate. FULL STORY »

Drought spurs farm lending to highest level in five years

The summer drought spurred higher feed costs and farm lending activity at commercial banks, according to the Federal Reserve System's Agricultural Finance Databook. FULL STORY »

"Insuring Iowa's Agriculture" workshop set for Nov. 5

A one-day workshop for crop insurance providers and users will be held Nov. 5, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. FULL STORY »

Kansas presents farm transitions workshop

Farmers always face a long list of decisions, but several more are on tap for the year ahead. To assist, the Meadowlark Extension District and Kansas State University, have set a farm transition workshop for Nov. 17 in Sabetha, Kan. FULL STORY »

Doane launches Invest Agriculture Symposium

Doane Advisory Services will bring together market leaders, national speakers and recognized financial strategists from the agriculture economic community when it convenes its Invest Agriculture Symposium, Dec. 10-11, in New York City. FULL STORY »

Some highlights from the Doane Outlook Conference

Doane held its annual outlook conference in St. Louis recently and provided insights into many sectors of the agriculture industry. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer and packer margins slip

Pork producer margins slipped a bit on the week ending Oct. 26, with farrow-to-finish producers reporting an average loss of $1.96 per head. Meanwhile, packers gave back $1.31 per head. FULL STORY »

Tips to reduce production costs

In the current environment of high feed prices and tight margins, pork producers are seeking ways to reduce costs and increase revenue. Prairie Swine Centre, offers a list of easy-to-adopt ideas, that can be implemented today. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer margins maintain momentum

Pork producer margins inched closer to profitability, thanks to strong hog prices and improved cutout values last week. Meanwhile, packer margins are essentially holding steady at more than $6 per head, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

CME in informal talks on reducing grain trading hours

The exchange expanded its electronic trading cycle from 17 hours a session to 21 hours in May in response to a threat from rival IntercontinentalExchange Inc (ICE.N). The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is now exploring whether to reduce trading hours. FULL STORY »

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