Risk Management

Pork producer margins turn higher

Pork producer margins, gained back $1.17 per head by the end of last week. Packer margins also improved by 91 cents per hog, but are still in the red. FULL STORY »

Colombia FTA set for implementation, May 15

The U.S./Colombia free-trade agreement (FTA) is on track to be implemented next month—May 15 to be exact. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk made the announcement during the Summit of the Americas held this past weekend in Colombia. FULL STORY »

Risk implications of commodity programs in the 2012 Farm Bill

The 2012 Farm Bill currently is being debated, with some prospects that it will be passed this year. Much debate centers on the commodity title and how to reconfigure direct payments, the counter-cyclical price and revenue programs (e.g., target price and ACRE programs), and the standing disaster assistance programs (e.g., SURE). FULL STORY »

Pork producer and packer margins erode further

Pork producer margins, while still on the plus-side, dropped $2.44 per head last week. Meanwhile, packer margins continue to decline, falling $2.76 per head for the week ending April 6, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Latest report suggests soybeans are market leader

A new report on world agricultural suply and demand estimates issued today by the Agriculture Department is setting up soybeans to be the market leader in the U.S. grain and oilseed complex, according to American Farm Bureau Economist Todd Davis. FULL STORY »

Crop outlook under three weather scenarios

The analysis suggests that we may get a big increase in corn carryover stocks if yields are near trend and farmers plant as much as they say they will. FULL STORY »

La Nina is dead, but what’s next?

The weather is always an important topic in farming circles. Typically the concern this time of year centers on when will the ground dry out to allow planting to begin. That’s not the case this year, as the record-setting warm winter and spring already have farmers in the fields in some unexpected places. FULL STORY »

Commentary: You thought ‘swine flu’ was bad

When I heard the term “pink slime” my first reaction was— “What the heck is that?” My second reaction to “pink slime” was—“Ouch; that label is going to leave a mark. FULL STORY »

Farm policy lags U.S. ag and food structural changes

As discussions surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill heat up, there will be no shortage of material for debate. Adding to that mix is a new report released from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) that looks at the “Market Structure and Competition in the U.S. Food Industries; Implications for the 2012 Farm Bill.” FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins increase on the week

Pork producer margins turned higher last week to $12.12 per head compared with $11.18 for the week before. Pork packer margins continued to decline. FULL STORY »

House committee hears testimony on SWAPS legislation

The “Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act,” would supply an unambiguous definition of “U.S. person” and “non-U.S. person” and restrict the application of Dodd-Frank to activities that happen in the United States. FULL STORY »

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