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What’s Causing Low Hog Supplies?

  • September 30, 2013
  • Chris Hurt

The USDA's September Hogs and Pigs report found that hog inventories were unchanged to somewhat larger. Yet slaughter in recent weeks has been very low, seemingly indicating a divergence from…
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The Land of “MILC and Honey”

  • September 27, 2013
  • John Newton and Cam Thraen

The hardships experienced across the dairy sector in 2009, where U.S. dairy farmers rapidly liquidated more than 250,000 dairy cows from the national herd, brought about a consensus among dairy…
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Mark Your Financial Progress

  • September 20, 2013
  • Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab

The Farm Financial Standards Council has identified several key measures to analyze the financial strength of a farm business. These measures are in the areas of: liquidity,solvency,profitability, andfinancial efficiency. Lets'…
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Decision Time for the RFS?

  • September 5, 2013
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

There has been much discussion over the last year about problems in implementing the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) due to the expanding gap between the implied mandate for renewable biofuels…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Farm Managers See More Stable Farmland Prices

  • September 4, 2013
  • Gary Schnitkey

Recently, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers conducted a mid-year survey of its membership concerning outlook for farmland price and cash rental markets. After several years…
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