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Allendale: US Pork Supply vs Global Demand

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:05
From an overall meat demand perspective, the world market is a major driver and a key reason why the US has been trading at extended price levels the past few years. In 2011, the IMF lowered the GDP numbers a little bit, but the US is expected to see average growth - in the 1 to 2 per cent range for 2012, said Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, in late January at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference.

Vegetarian Doctors Go Whole Hog to Burn Bacon in Iowa - WSJ.com

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:03
On Saturday, pork aficionados will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, for the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, billed as America's "premier" bacon celebration. The event, which sold out all 4,000 tickets in 25 minutes, offers something to make every swine lover swoon: unlimited bacon samples, a bacon-eating contest, educational lectures, a bacon-themed songwriting contest and crowning of a new bacon queen. Organizers plan to serve up about three tons of the fatty strips.

Regulatory Pressures and Product Variations to Drive Growth in the Global Feed Acidifiers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:01
Much in contrast to popular opinion, the use of organic/inorganic acids and salts as feed acidifiers in animal diet has been a long-standing concept. The livestock industry has been using both organic and inorganic acids for promoting animal health for over three decades. However, the complete ban on use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) by EU in 2006, sparked an aggressive search for new alternatives, thus bringing life to latent interest and demand for non-antibiotic substitutes such as probiotics and feed acidifiers. During the recent years, the concept of feed acidification witnessed growth in several European and Asian countries and end-users are seen increasingly seeking complete technical information relating to mould inhibitors, acids, and antioxidants.

USDA signs MOU with FDA

Wed, 2012-02-22 16:57
USDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Food & Drug Administration, effective Jan. 19, which will serve as an umbrella agreement to aid in the exchange of information related to food safety and public health activities beyond existing agreements.

MF Global Failure Creating Tax Nightmare for Farmers - US Business News - CNBC

Tue, 2012-02-21 16:20
Thousands of former clients of the failed brokerage, including farmers, cattle ranchers and investors, have not yet received tax forms that detail their profits and losses, preventing them from preparing accurate returns for the Internal Revenue Service ahead of a rapidly approaching deadline.

Renewable fuel scales up, hits bumps - MarketWatch

Fri, 2012-02-17 11:34
While a fresh crop of renewable-fuel ventures has attracted billions in financial backing from eager investors, the daunting task of moving from the laboratory to profitable commercial production still poses a major hurdle for many of them.

The impact of feeding of Mg supplements on the quality of pork

Wed, 2012-02-15 15:13
A number of studies have reported that feeding above the nutritional requirement of Mg to pigs in the last few days prior to slaughter improves pork colour and water-holding capacity, and it may affect lipid oxidation of stored pork. To date, no studies have been devoted to the effect of dietary Mg supplementation on pork in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP); therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the effect of dietary supplementation with different sources of Mg on pork quality during 13 days of storage at 4 ± 1 °C under modified atmosphere.

The time has come to end the beef with Washington - The China Post

Wed, 2012-02-15 15:10
The new beef war between Taiwan and the United States touched off Uncle Sam's insistence on making Taipei's lifting of the ban on American beef with ractopamine residues a sine qua non for resumption of negotiations on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and is threatening to become fiercer as hog farmers are getting ready to march on the Office of the President to protest against the bullying from across the Pacific.

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 - WSJ.com

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.