Livestock: Hogs

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  • Somethins Happenin Here

    03/24/2017 03:53 PM I started this column with the lyrics from an old Buffalo Springfield song in my head titled “For What Its Worth”. The first two lines go “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here, What is is ain’t exactly clear…..” That was definitely the case with the health care reform bill debate in Washington! As I looked at the table for weekly changes for commodities, however, I realized that we know exactly what is happening here. Most ag prices were going down, with the exception of cattle.
  • China Issues 5-Year Plan on Food Safety
    03/23/2017 11:02 AM

    The plan reviews the status of food safety programs, acknowledges that problems still exist, and establishes a path forward.

  • US Group Seeks Better Access to China's Farm Goods Market
    03/22/2017 06:45 AM

    An American business group appealed to China on Tuesday to ease import restrictions on agricultural goods including genetically modified seeds and other biotechnology, highlighting complaints Beijing blocks market access despite its vocal support for free trade.

  • EU, Japan Forge Ahead in Trade Talks as Trump Gives Impetus
    03/21/2017 08:19 PM

    Both sides urge open markets amid U.S. protectionist tilt.


  • Trump's Trade Pick to Pursue Stronger Relationship With Taiwan
    03/21/2017 02:10 PM

    Trade negotiations with Taiwan would benefit beef and pork producers.

  • Video
    Gov't: Gaps in Oversight of Antibiotic Use on Livestock After VFD
    03/20/2017 12:42 PM

    New rules for the use of antibiotics in livestock started in Jan. 2017 with the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), a new, stricter federal regulation. 

  • Thinking Green
    03/17/2017 04:18 PM It’s St. Patrick’s Day, with green themes abounding. You can get green beer, green pancakes, and pinched in some circles if you aren’t wearing green. There are also associations with leprechauns and pots of gold tied to this Irish themed holiday. We can of course, tie pots of gold to any marketing commentary! The biggest green numbers on the price board this week were in feeder cattle.
  • Oklahoma Wildfires Kill Thousands of Pigs at Smithfield, Seaboard Farm
    03/11/2017 03:54 PM

    Not only did wildfires across the High Plains kill people and cattle, they also devastated several hog operations.

  • Those Crazy Brazilians
    03/10/2017 03:53 PM Brazilian agriculture has just tuned it out and focused on creating record crops of corn and soybeans. Private crop estimates have been rising for weeks, and USDA confirmed those numbers on Thursday with a 5 MMT hike in projected Brazilian corn production and a 4 MMT hike in projected soybean production vs. the February figure. These are both new records. USDA was conservative on the export impact, increasing Brazilian bean exports by only 1.5 MMT.
  • In a China Trade War, U.S. Meat Looks Like Dog Food
    03/03/2017 04:45 PM

    Tyson’s CEO says if pig ears are out, kibble will be in.