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Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

    The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions. “The symposium

July Hog Margin Watch

    Margins deteriorated over the first half of July due to a combination of lower hog prices and slightly higher feed costs, particularly for soybean meal. Hog finishing margins are now back to well below historical averages, at around the bottom quartile of profitability over the previous decade. The exception is the spot Q3

The Limitations of Seasonality Data

  Many hog producers look to seasonal price trends for guidance with their hedging decisions. For example, we generally expect cash hogs prices and hog margins to rise through the spring and summer. As temperatures rise, market weights decline along with pork production at a time of year where pork demand tends to peak. In

Farm Bureau Tells Congress: Farms Need Tax Relief Now

  Farm and ranch families need a permanent tax code that boosts the agricultural economy and frees them to reinvest in their businesses, Scott VanderWal, a South Dakota farmer, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy today. “Farmers and ranchers operate under tight profit margins, often for rates of return that are

CIH Hog Margin Watch

  With the exception of the spot Q3 marketing period, hog margins deteriorated further in the second half of June, following a rally in feed costs that more than offset higher hog prices during the period. USDA released a few key reports at the end of the month, including the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs, the

Annual Swine Veterinarian Meeting with Lawmakers to be Held July 11 to 12

  On July 11-12, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians will have its annual Washington, D.C., legislative fly-in. The event brings swine veterinarians from across the country to Capitol Hill, where they discuss their priority issues with congressional lawmakers. The veterinarians are expected to urge lawmakers to include in the 2018 Farm Bill language establishing

USTR Public Hearings on NAFTA Held; China Expresses Interest in FTA with Mexico

  The Office of U.S. Trade Representative last week held three days of public hearings on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Witnesses included many agriculture representatives, who placed emphasis on ensuring that NAFTA renegotiations do not disrupt agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico. NPPC reinforced that message in comments previously submitted to

EU Strikes Trade Deal with Japan; U.S. Must Do Likewise, Says NPPC

  Following today’s announcement by the European Union and Japan that they have reached agreement in principle on a trade pact, the National Pork Producers Council renewed its request that the Trump administration begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan. “The United States must quickly finalize a trade deal with Japan if it

Fill Key USDA Posts, Agriculture Groups Urge Trump

  NPPC this week joined 16 other agricultural organizations in urging the White House to “quickly” fill key position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a letter sent Tuesday to President Trump, the groups pointed out that, with a struggling rural economy – which has seen a 55 percent decrease in personal income over

Appropriations Committee Rolls Out Fiscal 2018 Agriculture Funding Bill

    The House Appropriations Committee this week released the fiscal 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The legislation funds agricultural and food programs and services. With $20 billion in discretionary funding, $876 million less than fiscal 2017 funding, the legislation focuses on rural development, food and drug safety maintenance and advancement, nutrition accessibility for those in

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