Risk Management

Pork Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip further

Record-high feed prices are weighing further on pork producers’ margins, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. While farrow-to-finish producers are still making a profit, it deteriorated another $5.74 per head from the previous week. FULL STORY »

2012 drought will shrink livestock’s profit margins

Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins head south

Pork producer profit margins for farrow-to-finish systems averaged $27.68 per head for the week ending July 13. That’s down $7.74 per head from the previous week, but $7.10 per head higher than for the same period in 2011. FULL STORY »

No Stop to Farmland Prices

As farmland prices continue to soar, there still aren’t many pessimists warning that prices being paid for prime farmland are excessive. There are some who worry that farmland prices cannot support further advances if commodity crop prices dip by any substantial degree during 2012. FULL STORY »

2012 drought most severe since 1950s

The summer is less than a month old, and it has already made its way into the history books. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released its June “State of the Climate” report Monday morning, reporting that by the end of June, 55 percent of the contiguous United States was considered in “moderate” to “extreme” drought. FULL STORY »

Need to contact crop insurance agents early

The money and manpower is in place to handle crop insurance claims from this year’s drought situation, according to Bill Murphy, administrator of the USDA Risk Management Service. FULL STORY »

House ag committee completes farm bill

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the full House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill by a 35-to-11 vote. The bill (H.R. 6083) now moves on to the House floor for the full body’s consideration. FULL STORY »

Vilsack announces new disaster-relief policies

As the impacts of the 2012 drought become more apparent, USDA has acted by announcing several changes to emergency programs, designed to provide more relief and faster assistance to affected farmers and ranchers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a news conference on Wednesday to outline the new provisions, which affect disaster-area designations, emergency loan rates and emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. FULL STORY »

Be aware of price risk management

As the globalization of world grain production becomes more integrated, various agriculture policies set throughout the world increase price volatility paid to producers in our own backyards. Non-agriculture uses (ethanol, biodiesel), price-stabilizing policies, processing demand and, of course, weather are just some factors contributing to price volatility. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins slip $3.23 per head

Pork producer profit margins averaged $35.42 per head for the week ending July 6. That’s down $3.23 per head from the week before, but $14.14 higher than for the same week one year ago. FULL STORY »

Experts eye commodities speculation, food prices

The world needs to take a hard look at speculation on the financial markets and its potential impact on food price volatility, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Friday at a high-level debate on the issue at FAO Headquarters in Rome. FULL STORY »

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