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Exports add more value to U.S. pork

The record pace of U.S. pork exports continues to accelerate and put more money in producers’ pockets, despite intense global competition and other market challenges. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins up $2 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins were up almost $2 per head the week ending November 7, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Margins averaged $29.04 last week, compared to $27.34 the previous week and negative $12.63 at this time last year. FULL STORY »

In rural America, promise and opportunity abound for veterans

Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security. We owe it to our military men and women to ensure a different kind of security is waiting when they return home—the security that comes from the promise of a good job, affordable housing, a quality education and dependable health care. FULL STORY »

Ralco completes construction of swine research facilities

Furthering its mission to perfect technologies for a safe and abundant global food supply, Ralco is pleased to announce the completion of a 1,200-head swine nursery and 2,400-head grow/finish research barn. FULL STORY »

USDA drops 2014, 2015 pork production

In their latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA lowered its pork production forecast for 2014 and 2015 as hog weights reflect a more rapid movement through finishing barns. FULL STORY »

USDA trims bin-busting U.S. corn crop, raises soybeans again

The 2014 U.S. corn crop, while still a record, will be slightly below recent market expectations according to government data released on Monday, giving a small boost to beaten-down corn prices, while soybean production continues to rise. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakeven holds steady

Pricing off the May lean hog contract shows a weaner breakeven of $72.55 down $0.38 for the week. Futures prices were down $0.25 for the week and feed costs were down $0.13 per head. FULL STORY »

Vaught: Fluctuations in hog slaughter

Hog slaughter diverged from October’s low totals with a strong rebound last week. It will be interesting to see how demand holds up through the end of the year. FULL STORY »

Crop markets posted mixed reactions to Monday's USDA reports

Corn futures sustained most of their early-Monday gains. The corn market posted a sizeable bounce from weak Sunday night quotes in response to news of a sizeable sale to Mexico. FULL STORY »

CFTC to revise regulation on funding margin calls

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted unanimously to propose a rule to revise a regulation related to customer margin calls. FULL STORY »

U.S. pork production set to surpass beef

U.S. pork producers are poised to ramp up production in the coming year, while beef cattle producers have been paring down their herds. FULL STORY »

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