New Legislation Introduced to Increase Ag Exports

  Yesterday, U.S. Senators Ernst (R-Iowa), King (I-Maine), Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase funding to successful U.S. Department of Agriculture export promotion programs and help U.S. farmers maintain an edge in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. The bill, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act,

Genesus Technical Report: What Does Optimal FCR Really Mean?

  What does optimal FCR really mean? Derek Petry, Ph.D. – Genesus Inc.    As a genetic supplier, one of the first topics discussed in any meeting is feed conversion ratio (FCR).  While a very easy value to calculate, it is important to know the relationship between FCR and profitability. There are numerous factors that

Genesus Global Market Report: Canada––Slow and Steady Wins the Race?

  Canada – Slow and Steady wins the Race? Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario  bfraser@genesus.com   StatsCan recently released its July 1st hog inventory report. It placed total inventory of all hogs at 14.1 million head up 2% from a year ago. The market hog inventory was up 2% while the sow

CIH September Hog Margin Watch

    Margins were mixed over the first half of September, weakening in nearby periods while strengthening in forward slots. Hog prices declined in spot contracts, while gaining in deferred months, as feed costs held relatively steady – with the exception of soybean meal, which has moved higher since the end of August. Hog finishing

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Bellies Are Being Placed into the Freezer at Breakneck Pace, September 19 2017

    LEAN HOGS Monthly cold storage comes out Friday afternoon at 2:00. It likely will show a very small belly frozen stock figure. Since Sep 1st, however, we believe bellies have been placed into the freezer at breakneck speed. Eventually, despite record large production, this activity will force a bottom in the fresh belly

New Book Recounts History of Early Extension Specialists

    Fred Whitford believes that knowing our history may help us solve future problems. In his new book, Scattering the Seeds of Knowledge, Whitford, clinical engagement professor and director of the Purdue Pesticide Programs, examines the early history of Purdue Extension and how Extension specialists helped develop solutions to the challenges facing farmers a century ago. “If

Danger!: 500+ Mycotoxins Putting Your Pigs at Risk

What are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by molds in the field and during the storage of grains, feeds and forages. With over 500 diverse types of mycotoxins discovered (yes, there are over 500!), it is a prevalent issue that can negatively affect your herd’s productivity, efficiency and profitability. How do mycotoxins affect your herd? Pigs are extremely

Scott Brown of the University of Missouri, Weekly Livestock Market Report, September 18 2017

  •Market recap for the week ending September 15, 2017: Cash hogs were down $3.80 for the week. The pork cutout was $2.82 for the week, led by bellies that declined $11.77 for the week. Ribs were down $8.84 this week. Pork bellies have lost 47% of their value in the last month. On the

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Pork Commentary, September 14 2017

Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle LEAN HOGS Today is the last day of the Goldman Roll. Yesterday the Oct/Dec hog spread appeared to bottom. This occurred despite the fact that cash hog prices continue to decline with additional pressure expected again today. Lean hog futures are sharply discount. In the face of huge, in fact

Bayer and Luke Bryan Announce “here’s to the Farmer Campaign”

  Country music superstar Luke Bryan is no stranger to celebrating America’s hard-working farmers. At this year’s Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour, tour sponsor Bayer will join him in toasting U.S. farmers with its Here’s To The Farmer campaign. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/77126511-bayer-luke-bryan-heres-to-the-farmer-campaign-tour/ “I come from a farming background so