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Oct 27, 2016 |

Pork Packing Renaissance?

“I can envision this creating opportunities for beginning farmers to build contract barns, as well as creating a new market for independents, like myself.” Kevin Rasmussen, Iowa pork producer

Feb 11, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Riding Out the Hog Cycle

“You can’t go broke making a profit,” says producer Bruce Livingston. “If the profit is there, options strategies are available to protect the downside but allow upside potential.”

Oct 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Using Ag Values to Connect with Consumers

When visitors click the “We Care Pledge” on pillenfamilyfarms.com, they are reading the same words that are recited at least a couple of times each week at the third-generation Nebraska swine operation.

Aug 5, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Economic Conditions: Swine

Our commodity experts look at the economic factors that shaped second quarter prices, and what it means for hog producers and the impact PEDv will have in the months ahead.

Jun 12, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

USDA’s June Forecast for 2014/15 Production and Season-Average Farm Prices

The USDA says crop conditions in the Corn Belt are the better than any time since 2007. Check out what, if any, impact this is having on projected yields – along with a lot of other good information on 2014/15 production and price forecasts.

Mar 26, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Learning to Manage the Risk of PED

Most of the pork producers we work with anticipate good profits in 2014. But the PED virus weighs heavily on the industry. It’s a risk that producers will have to learn to manage.

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