Are new feeders too expensive?

Last week was a busy week for me. I started the week walking producer barns in central Iowa with a client. Feeder issues were a dominant topic at many of the sites. With corn flirting with $8/bu on the board last week (the July contract hit $7.99 on Friday), everyone is looking at all of the little things that impact feed conversion and feed cost of gain. Read More...

20% cut to USDA Ag Research budget

Is the basic information necessary for successful pork production or even agricultural production in general becoming private? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. And this yes grew larger this week as the US House Appropriations Committee recommended a 20% cut in USDA dollars to support all levels of research efforts. With the many cuts occurring at the same time in state support of land grant research activities, the future of publicly accessible information on which to base production decisions is looking bleaker. Read More...