Local grain basis

In the past couple of months the pork industry has realized the important role exports plays in our long term profitability. Exports are down both due to trade issues (ractopamine ‘free’ pork to Russia and China) and currency exchange rates (the devaluation of the Japanese yen). The decline in exports means more pork consumption per capita in the US as freezers can only hold so much inventory. Read More...

The changing face of rural communities

In the past few weeks I’ve put on quite a few miles as I’ve worked with producers and production systems across the upper Midwest. With so much road time I’ve had a chance to think about the importance of pork production as an opportunity for youth to return to the farm. At the same time I’ve remembered all of the controversy that has been associated with pork production in many states. Read More...