Pork exports were phenomenal last year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast the same for this year. However, the bears are not so easily convinced. They were watching pork prices fall in China (our largest export market).
UPDATED TUESDAY, APRIL 17
The North Dakota Public Service Commission was on-site at Falkirk, N.D., on Monday, looking into the books of the Falkirk Farmers Elevator in McLean County, in response to reports that the company had closed its doors late last week.
WASHINGTON — The National Grain and Feed Association is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to make dramatic changes to reduce the size of the Conservation Reserve Program, which is currently authorized to pay farmers to idle up to 32 million acres of farmland.
Sheyenne, N.D., farmer Mark Seastrand expects to plant roughly twice as many barley acres this spring as a year ago. A lot of other North Dakota farmers will be planting more barley, too, if the U.S. Department of Agriculture is right.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Amon Baer has one thing to say about amendments to the 2012 farm bill where Congress would dictate exactly — to the square inch — how big his egg laying cages must be. It is part of a deal brokered by the United Egg Producers leaders and the Humane Society of the United States, ostensibly to prevent state-by-state laws that undermine the egg industry. “Kill it,” Baer says of the proposed law.
Corn started last week trading with strength due to continued weather concerns in South America, primarily Argentina. But the gains were short-lived once USDA’s reports were released. USDA’s Final Crop Production report was not friendly for corn, as USDA raised 2011 U.S. corn yields and harvested acreage.
North Dakota’s Agriculture De-partment wants to get out of the business of certifying livestock forage and rock products as weed-free, but county officials say they don’t want the job pushed on them.
State and county officials agree on the need for a statewide certification program. Feed could be certified weed-free, for example, when a horse owner takes hay into a national park, or gravel could be certified weed-free for a landowner who buys it but wants no weeds brought on his property with the rocks.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, June 07, 2008
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