GM crops aid farmers, citizens and the environment, study says

The use of crop biotechnology has increased farmers' income while producing an additional 110 million tons of soybeans and 195 million tons of corn from 1996 to 2011, according to research from U.K.-based PG Economics. FULL STORY »

Congress to address farm bill, animal health legislation in May

Congress returns from recess on May 6 and several issues affecting cattle producers will be on the agenda. FULL STORY »

U.S. proposes WTO farm trade talks aimed at added food security

The United States said on Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization's upcoming meeting in December. FULL STORY »

Meatpackers included in U.S. bill for new guest worker visa plan

Meatpackers could hire employees through an agricultural guest worker program for the first time under a visa program proposed by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: Congress standoff trigger budget doubts

Senate Republicans blocked efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to appoint members of a Conference Committee that would try to work out a compromise between Senate and House budget proposals. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Red ink deepens for producers

The red ink continues to get deeper for hog producers. Iowa State University's monthly estimate of costs and returns indicate the average Iowa hog was sold at a loss of $41.44 during March. FULL STORY »

Bank survey shows livestock operators rebuilding

Livestock operators are ready to expand business with commercial bank loans for livestock purchases rising to record levels not seen almost a decade. FULL STORY »

Key lawmakers hopeful bipartisan immigration bill will pass

Two authors of a bipartisan bill to revamp immigration laws said on Thursday they are hopeful most Senate Democrats and Republicans will support their White House-backed measure. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The farm bill and ag research

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with several production systems that have made investments in research facilities. All of the systems say having access to within house research has been one of the reasons they feel they can remain competitive and profitable in the business of pork production. FULL STORY »

Endangered Species Act lawsuit dismissed

The U.S. District Court of Northern California granted motions brought by both CropLife America (CLA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismiss the lawsuit Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Retail pork prices down from March 2012

Retail pork prices in March averaged $3.466 per pound, up 2.5 cents from the month before, but down 2.4 cents compared to March 2012. FULL STORY »

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