U.S. pork exports buoy hopes for a profitable 2013

Pork producers are more than ready for a much-needed return to profitability. While the past six months have undoubtedly been a severe test, the situation may be about to improve substantially. FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses grow

Farrow-to-finish producers lost an average $40.38 per head for the week ending Dec. 28 compared to losses of $33.81 recorded the week before, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses ease

Although still mired in red ink, pork producer losses eased for the week ending Dec. 21, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Farrow-to-finish producers lost an average $33.81 per head for the week. FULL STORY »

Record U.S. pork exports occur at critical time

With U.S. pork production at a very high level and producers facing extremely high operating costs, record performance in the international marketplace came at a critical time for the U.S. industry. FULL STORY »

Pork producer losses mount, feedlot losses ease

Pork production losses grew again last week, according to calculations by Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Farrow-to-finish producers lost an average $38.53 per head for the week ending Dec. 14. FULL STORY »

Russia restricts U.S. pork, beef imports

Meat imports to Russia from producers using ractopamine must be tested and certified free of the feed additive, the country's veterinary regulator said, denying the requirement is a political retaliation. FULL STORY »

Smithfield adjusted profit beats on packaged meats business

Smithfield Foods Inc's second-quarter profit beat estimates as margins rose and volumes grew in its packaged meats business, and the largest U.S. pork and hog producer said it expects the growth to continue for the rest of its fiscal year. FULL STORY »

Losses deepen for pork producers

Pork producer margins declined again last week, although the additional loss was limited to about $1.30 from the week earlier, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Still mired in red ink, producer margins remain under severe pressure from the effects of high corn prices due to the summer’s drought- the worst since the 1950s. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Producer and packer losses continue

Both pork producer and packer margins remain in the red for the week ending Nov. 16. But packers gained back $1.71 per head, while producers gave up another $1.44. FULL STORY »

New Yorkers hunger for food production information

For New Yorkers, food knowledge means social status. According to a new survey of New York area consumers released by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), 54 percent of New Yorkers believe that being knowledgeable about food is a social status symbol. The survey, was released in conjunction with The Food Dialogues: New York. FULL STORY »

Policy opinion about catching organic cheats

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month entered into the Federal Register a new rule requiring organizations that certify organic producers to annually test residue on at least 5 percent of organic farms. FULL STORY »

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