Pork Industry: Some Recovery from Decade Low Prices

🕔Jan 7, 2019The U.S. pork industry has been expanding the breeding herd and growing since mid-2014. The rate of breeding herd expansion peaked in early 2018 at a 3.5 percent annual growth […]

Trade Aid: USDA Launches 2nd Round of Mitigation Payments

🕔Dec 17, 2018At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering […]

Chinese Pork Under Pressure – DTN

🕔Dec 5, 2018China’s pork industry is in the midst of major structural changes, and the outbreak of African swine fever in the hog herd is creating regional supply and demand imbalances unlike […]

Trade Talks Rally Markets at Least for Now – DTN

🕔Dec 4, 2018Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted at 10:31 a.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 3. It was updated at 3:25 p.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 3. The positive impact of […]

Livestock: Will Pork Industry Have a Better 2019?

🕔Dec 3, 2018Pork producers are expected to struggle with hog prices below costs of production through the winter. Record pork production and trade disputes continue to be the near-term drag on prices. […]

Trade Aid: Deadline for Signup Is Jan. 15

🕔Nov 28, 2018The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provides partial compensation to farmers and share-rent landowners for losses occurring because of trade disputes. This program is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) […]

Ag Trade: Tariff Disruptions Persist, Talks with China Uncertain

🕔Oct 29, 2018Recent news items continue to discuss the impacts of trade tariffs on agricultural commodities, including soybeans, dairy products, and pork.  Meanwhile, separate articles have focused on executive branch trade policy […]

Ag Trade: Trade War May Be More Than “Short-Term Hiccup”

🕔Oct 22, 2018Recent news articles continue to highlight the impact that the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is having on the agricultural economy.  Today’s update looks at news items […]

Tariff Conflict and Other Factors Affecting Farm Production Values

🕔Oct 17, 2018This article takes a step back from the headline of tariffs and agriculture to address a broader question, “How have estimates of the value of production changed since advent of […]

Livestock: Swine Feed Cost Projections for 2019

🕔Oct 8, 2018Corn and soybean prices have weakened considerably since late May.  Using USDA-NASS corn and soybean prices for Indiana, corn prices declined from $3.92 to $3.54 per bushel from May to […]

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