The USDA has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. pork and beef producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two agreements will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork.
The USDA is reminding farmers that they have until June 1 to certify conservation compliance to be able to remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said this deadline will not be extended....More
Coronaviruses are at the forefront of the challenges facing the swine industry today, and understanding the similarities and differences about these viruses and their pathogenesis can help prevent viral spread and future outbreaks....More
When to pull the trigger on hog prices in the million-dollar question; a question producers need to ask themselves at least weekly. There are buyers offering real money every day for CME Lean Hogs futures contracts that effectively place a price on hogs to be delivered during some future period. It’s not an exact process but the opportunity is there....More
What are the top priorities for your operation in 2014?
As the New Year gets closer, feed prices stabilize lower and pork prices remain higher, increasing the prospects of solid profits for pork producers for the next 3-5 years, what are the top priorities for your hog operation?
As Swine Show Season Approaches, what are Some of the Things you and your Family will do to get Ready?
From the North American International Livestock Exposition to the National Junior Swine Association’s Summer Spectacular, the swine show circuit is an important aspect to many young people with an interest in the hog industry.
What issues should the Pork Checkoff prioritize to best support the U.S. pork industry?
The National Pork Board recently announced that Chris Hodges will join the National Pork Board as its new chief executive officer on Feb. 16. Currently based in Kansas City, Hodges is senior vice president - business development of Smithfield Farmland. In his new position, Hodges will oversee the Pork Checkoff. Of the many issues facing the pork industry, which ones do you think the National Pork Board should prioritize when it comes to implementing research, education and promotional efforts on behalf of U.S. pork producers? Please leave a comment if you have something to add to the list or discussion.