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Pork exports record-high in 2011

Wed, 2012-02-15 14:55
U.S. trade data released in carcass-weight volumes by USDA on Friday, February 10, 2012 showed December pork exports at 493 million pounds, 23 percent above a year earlier, mostly due to very large shipments to Asia—China in particular. Total exports for 2011 were 5.2 billion pounds, 23 percent above totals in 2010.

Vilsack Makes U.S. Agriculture a High-Growth Area: Albert Hunt - Bloomberg

Mon, 2012-02-13 06:52
The farm sector is one of the few bright spots in a rough U.S. economy. Vilsack, the popular former governor of Iowa, who has an appreciation of policy and politics, is one of the success stories of the Obama administration.

Unexpected findings block semen exports

Wed, 2012-02-08 12:32
This case study took place in the summer of 2010 in the Midwest of the United States of America. The farm involves a small farrow-to-finish operation where all pigs are finished on the same site. The farm consists of a gestation and farrowing barn with a capacity of 150 females, a “double L” nursery facility with a capacity of about 400 pigs and a finishing barn with a capacity for 800 pigs. The boars on this farm are utilized as if they are a stand-alone boar stud, as semen is both utilized for their own females and sold domestically and internationally.

Hitting Bottom and Starting Over

Tue, 2012-02-07 12:32
Everyone who has ever accomplished anything of note has experienced failure, probably more than once or twice. Failure is always a real possibility when you step out to do something great. Like a lot of people in this country, the crashing economy hit me hard, and about 4 years ago, I lost everything. But, I started over; I made some remarkable discoveries; I did things differently. I learned valuable lessons from my mistakes and recently the company I founded after losing everything landed at #21 on Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States.

Farmers Plan Biggest Crops Since 1984 - Bloomberg

Tue, 2012-02-07 08:37
U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades. They will sow corn, soybeans and wheat on 226.9 million acres, the most since 1984, a Bloomberg survey of 36 farmers, bankers and analysts showed. The 2.5 percent gain means an expansion the size of New Jersey, as growers target fields left fallow last year and land freed up from conservation programs.

Meat market squeeze halves Tyson Foods profits

Sun, 2012-02-05 10:42
Tyson Foods highlighted the damage high cattle prices, and chicken overcapacity, are wreaking on protein groups as it unveiled profit falls at all three major meat divisions – if not by as much as investors had expected. America's top meat processor revealed a slump of 48%, to $156m, in earnings for the last three months of 2011, as an inability to pass on rising feed and livestock costs halved its operating margins.

Two-tier pork processing sector poised for deals

Sun, 2012-02-05 10:39
The world pork sector is poised for a takeover spree as companies favoured by the recovery in industry margins take out players who, thanks to relatively high costs or market positioning, have fared less well.

Hog farmers plan ractopamine protests - Taipei Times

Sun, 2012-02-05 10:32
Hog farmers yesterday warned of protests as the government mulled the possibility of easing restrictions on the import of meat products containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine. At a provisional meeting called yesterday amid escalating concern over the possibility of opening the country to US beef from livestock fed with the lean-meat enhancing drug, the Republic of China Swine Association (ROCSA), a nationwide association of pig farmers, reaffirmed its opposition to removing the ban.

Land Tenure Is a Big Issue for China — Letters to the Editor -

Tue, 2012-01-31 16:24
A key factor enabling China's transformation ("China Population Balance Tilts Urban," World News, Jan. 18) is the ability of landowning local governments to simply grab land instead of transferring ownership by means of a sales contract. Much of this land is arable and turned into industrial parks, plus housing.

Brazilian Pork Imports and Harmonization of Standards

Tue, 2012-01-31 14:42
The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of USDA has given approval for six pork processing plants in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to export fresh pork to the U.S. After an 18 month review, Brazilian inspectors have been determined to be available in sufficient numbers and properly trained to establish the compliance of plants in the state. This approval will likely encourage other pork importing countries to consider Brazil as a supplier and further harmonize standards.

Does it feel like the late 1970s all over again?

Tue, 2012-01-31 14:41
During the past few years, many comparisons have been made with the agricultural economy that existed in the late 1970s, with record grain prices, high farm profits, and rapid increases in land values.

A profitable year, but 4 things to watch

Tue, 2012-01-31 14:41
U.S. pork producers should see another profitable year in 2012, says Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. He projects a $12-per-pig profit for the average farrow-to-finish producer. Of course that means there are opportunities for greater profit as well as risks for less profit.

China Meat Appetite Means Massive U.S. Exports, AgriTrends Says

Tue, 2012-01-31 14:40
U.S. exporters will continue to see “massive demand” for meat overseas, especially from China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, according to Brett Stuart, the co-founder of farm-industry researcher Global AgriTrends.

US, EU officials pleased with WTO ruling against China*

Tue, 2012-01-31 14:39
Top trade officials from the United States and European Union said today they were pleased with a final ruling from the WTO, which went against Chinese trade restraints on raw materials. The WTO’s Appellate Body said in Geneva that China needs to bring its restraints on exports of the materials into conformity with international trade agreement. The materials in question are used in the chemical and steel industries.

Pork Commentary: Banff Pork Seminar

Wed, 2012-01-25 09:17

Bird flu researchers suspend study of deadlier mutations | Reuters

Fri, 2012-01-20 15:23
Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the bird flu virus have voluntarily suspended their studies for 60 days because of concerns it could be used as a devastating form of bioterrorism, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday.

China’s Pork Price Rivals US Payrolls to Be Most Watched Economic Indicator

Wed, 2012-01-11 15:42
Beijing. The price of pork in China could soon rival US payrolls as the world’s most watched economic indicator. International investors are increasingly focused on domestic demand in the world’s second-largest economy as their key measure of global economic health.

Hogs, Market Analysis, Agricultural Markets

Wed, 2012-01-11 15:21
The U.S. on Tuesday dropped barriers to imports of Brazilian pork after roughly a year-and-a-half of working to guarantee the meat will comply with sanitary standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Brazilian inspectors as capable of approving slaughterhouses in Santa Catarina state to export raw pork to the U.S., Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said in a press release. Cooked or processed pork from some other Brazilian states may also be exported via meatpacking plants in Santa Catarina, which the Agriculture Ministry says has been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 2001.

Drought poses risk to corn, soybeans in Argentina

Wed, 2012-01-11 14:51
Rain in Argentina on Tuesday brought some relief to the drought-stricken central part of the country, but concerns remained. The persistent dry spell, blamed on La Niña, has not only worried agricultural producers, but could affect tax revenues, officials say. Two of the crops most affected by the drought, corn and soybeans, are important revenue-makers for the government through taxes, said Carlos Casamiquela, director of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology. If the soybean crops are damaged as much as some forecasts predict and international prices rise, the revenue the government can pull in would be affected, he said.

IBM tracks pork chops from pig to plate

Wed, 2012-01-11 13:40
Meat suppliers can track a single pig all the way from live animal to pork chop, thanks to new technology from IBM that may limit or prevent disease outbreaks. Pigs are identified with a barcoded ear tag. That tag helps track various pig parts as they pass through the slaughterhouse and on to the processing plant, the distribution center and finally the package in a grocer's case. Some trial systems are being installed in slaughterhouses and retail stores in the Chinese province of Shandong. China's interest stems from an outbreak of blue-ear pig disease from 2006 to 2007. The illness doesn't affect humans, but at the time, it led to a pork shortage and sent prices soaring. There was worry that the disease could spread to other pigs around the globe.