Risk Management

Pork producer margins bounce back

Following two weeks in the red, pork producers’ margins turned positive again. As of the week ending May 18, average margins for farrow-to-finish producers came in at $7.49 per head. Packer margins, however, gave back nearly $5 per head in recent gains. FULL STORY »

CME, ICE spar on trading hours

CME Group has announced expanded trading hours for its CBOT grain and oilseed futures and options. The announcement comes shortly after a similar move by CME Group’s upstart rival IntercontinentalExchange, (ICE), FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses continue to mount

Margins slip further into the red for farrow-to-finish producers, having lost another $3.42 per head by the close of last week. Meanwhile, packer margins, while still reporting a loss, have improved by $2.93 per head from the week before. FULL STORY »

Business seminars scheduled for WPX

The 2012 World Pork Expo (WPX) is less than a month away, and even though the days are jam packed, here is a set of business seminars worth noting. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins drop into the red

Pork producer margins continued their downward slide last week, turning negative by showing a 60-cent-per-head loss. Packer margins remain negative, but made up significant ground last week. FULL STORY »

Asset-based lending: The post-crisis landscape

Many lenders today may feel a little bit like Max, Mel Gibson’s iconic character in the 1980s futuristic sci-fi movie trilogy Mad Max. In the same way that the post-apocalyptic landscape faced by Max was a far different world than existed before, the post-financial crisis lending landscape is far different from what existed before 2008. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins give back $5 in a week

Pork producer margins remain on the plus-side, but profits dropped to $8.82 per head for the week ending April 27-- $5.44 per head lower than the week before. Packer margins held nearly steady, reporting a $12.04-per-head loss. FULL STORY »

Webinar: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Understanding the California/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law (AB 2774) and how to minimize its impact is important to all farmers. AgSafe is providing two important webcasts to bring you the information you need to know. FULL STORY »

Hog prices decline on weak domestic pork demand

As consumers anticipate grilling season and as hog supplies decline seasonally, hog and pork prices typically increase during this part of the year. However, 2012 has proved an exception, thus far anyway. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins move higher, packers slip

Pork producer margins continued their upward trend having gained $3.44 per head on the week ending April 20. Packer margins, having shown improvement the previous week, fell $2.58 per head and continue to run in the red. FULL STORY »

Farmers praise Rep. Garamendi’s flood insurance bill

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), a former Insurance Commissioner and a life-long rancher, has won praise for his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance for Farmers Act, H.R. 4020. FULL STORY »

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