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Cattle Feeding Returns Improving

  • November 6, 2017
  • Jim Mintert

Cattle feeding profitability has been on a roller coaster ride the last couple of years. Estimated cattle feeding returns calculated each month by Iowa State Extension provide insight into the…
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Fewer Hogs and Higher Prices

  • March 28, 2016
  • Chris Hurt

The nation's pork producers have indicated to USDA that they are not expanding the breeding herd and, in fact, intend to reduce farrowings this spring and summer. This means pork…
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Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

  • June 25, 2015
  • Paul Peterson

On May 29, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced its latest decision against the U.S. in a long-running dispute with Canada and Mexico over country of origin labeling (COOL). The…
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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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Pork Profit Outlook Gets Trimmed

  • April 9, 2012
  • Chris Hurt

The nation's pork producers are largely holding back on expansion even though the industry returned to profitability in the spring of 2011. However, higher feed prices in the past few…
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