The USDA’s estimates of Sept. 1 grains stocks pressured the price for both corn and soybeans much higher than expected. University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs shares his weekly outlook.
The increasing number of disease outbreaks are spurring the U.S. pork industry’s focus and collaboration on finding new ways to help protect the domestic herd from costly foreign animal diseases (FADs).
An outbreak of classical swine fever (hog cholera) has been reported in a remote region of Brazil on Oct. 6. The Brazil agricultural ministry says the discovery will have no impact on hog health or pork exports.
Patrick Bane, an Illinois pig farmer, has been named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board. Bane will travel the U.S. as an ambassador and voice for the pork industry throughout the year.
Today’s consumers are asking more questions about where their food comes from and now, a new non-fiction book by children’s author Katie Olthoff will help tell the story of raising pigs on a modern Iowa farm.
Farmers are sharing stories of weathering Hurricane Florence and the lingering devastation in a video by North Carolina Farm Bureau. Agricultural losses are nearly triple than those from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Producers battle invisible enemies that threaten our industry daily. From ASF to FMD, the impact of these diseases on the U.S. would be devastating. Now's the time to improve biosecurity in your operation.
The pork outlook looked bleak in August. Fear of large pork supplies and Mexican and Chinese tariffs appeared disastrous. The outlook is still suggesting losses this fall and winter but much less than thought in August.
U.S. pork is currently on three trade retaliation lists. NPPC continues to urge the administration to remove tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum imports so Mexico will lift its 20% retaliatory tariff on U.S. pork.