Risk Management

Pork producer margins decline $5 on the week

Pork producer profit margins slid a bit during the last week of June, dropping to $38.67 per head from the previous week at $44.22. In the end, farrow-to-finish margins are close to year-ago levels at $34.85 per head. FULL STORY »

Pork producers restrain herd expansion

“It’s a relatively vanilla report,” says Joe Kerns, International Agri-Business Group, Ames, Iowa. Across the board, USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report showed modest 1 percent increases, with some segments equal to year-ago levels or even slightly below. FULL STORY »

The U.S. immigration ruling: A hint on healthcare?

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Arizona immigration case on Monday showed a conciliatory streak within a divided court that could emerge again when the justices issue their climactic healthcare decision on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Drought fears spur grain prices

Fears spread Monday among traders of U.S. agricultural commodities about the worsening drought conditions across the Midwest, driving prices up the allowable daily limit on five CME Group corn contracts. FULL STORY »

Tips to stay safe in the heat

With the hot summer weather upon us, heat related issues can sneak up on people who work outdoors, especially farmers who may not have access to shade or air conditioning to cool down. FULL STORY »

Pork producer profits double in a week

Pork producer profit margins gained more than $8 per head on the week ending June 8. A decline in market hog slaughter has supported the price and profit advance. FULL STORY »

CME sets record on Short-dated New Crop options

CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that Short-Dated New Crop Options set a record on Monday, June 4, trading 2,105 Short-Dated New Crop Corn options contracts on its first day. FULL STORY »

Crop insurance 101 Play video

A new NCIS educational video, “Crop Insurance 101” examines the nuts and bolts of crop insurance, including what it is, how it came to be, how it works and why it has become the premiere risk management tool for America’s farmers. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins give back some gains

Pork producer profit margins have been volatile in recent weeks, most recently they have dropped $6.35 per head for the week ending June 1, from a profit of $14.63 per head the week before. Meanwhile, packer margins continue to run in the red, but have improved by $3.67 per head for the same week. FULL STORY »

CME sets record in lean hog futures trade

Average daily volume for all lean hog contracts in May reached 60,000. Average trade in May 2011 was 42,000. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins rally, packers’ drop further

Pork producer profit margins nearly doubled in a week to $14.63 per head, while packers gave back more than $7 per head following a short recovery period. Hog slaughter and market weights also lightened up a bit for the week ending May 25. FULL STORY »

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