Industry Topics

Did herbicide resistance exist before GMO crops?

By The Weed Science Society of America July 13, 2016 Society may think weeds resistant to herbicides are a new phenomenon linked to the overuse of glyphosate in genetically engineered crops, but nothing could be further from the truth. Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the first reports of herbicide-resistant weeds, while this year marks only […]

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Meat of the Matter: After the Brexit

By Dan Murphy June 27, 2016 The aftermath of the United Kingdom’s historic vote last week to leave the European Union has created a tsunami of reactions and results. The British pound plunged to its lowest level since 1985, The New York Times reported, as “investors fled risky assets” in favor the dollar and the yen. “Global markets are […]

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Record Corn Crop Coming

By P. Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group, Washington, D.C. USDA is predicting a record corn crop of 14.4 billion bushels this year. According to USDA’s latest projection, “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates,” this year’s crop would be 214 million bushels above the previous record in 2014, and 829 million bushels above last year. The average […]

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AASV Board addresses antibiotic-free production

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ (AASV) Board of Directors addressed the issue of antibiotic-free production during their spring board meeting on Mar. 21, 2016. Veterinary members of the association’s Pig Welfare and Pharmaceutical Issues committees raised concerns regarding pig health and well-being in antibiotic-free production systems. The committees considered issues associated with concerns that […]

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Global Meat Market Overview

By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension  April 18, 2016 The Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA recently released the latest Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade publication.  This provides an opportunity to review meat production, consumption and trade among major countries.  Pork production is the number one meat with 2016 production forecast at 109.3 […]

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Agricultural trust, transparency is growing

By Gary Joiner Texas Farm Bureau From the grocery store to fast food chains, consumer decisions shape our food supplies. And, in turn, our farming practices. Conventional. Organic. Grass-fed or grain-fed. Local. Natural. Each is a little different. But, in the end, a nutritious product is raised by a farmer who cares. And they’re telling you […]

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8 Ag Related Numbers to Know

Whether you’re wondering what to plant or how to adjust your marketing plan for the year ahead, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the latest numbers from USDA. Released at the agency’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., these figures provide the framework for USDA’s regular data releases and the market’s assumptions about ag commodities in the months […]

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An Optimistic 2016 Pork Industry Outlook? Maybe

By Chris Hurt, Extension Economist, Purdue University The outlook for the pork industry has turned somewhat more optimistic in recent weeks. The sources of that optimism include a $2 to $4 increase in spring and summer lean hog futures prices since the first of the year and slightly lower new-crop soybean meal prices. A bit higher […]

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