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January 8, 2015

What does it take for a feedlot to be successful?

Warren Weibert, Feedyard Consultant with Decatur County Feed Yard, shares his family's story of building and developing a feedlot. Mr. Weibert focuses on the philosophy he took in 1980 to consciously work directly with ranchers on retained ownership of calves.

Warren's key take aways: You cannot manage what you do not measure, and people in the beef trade will have to focus on thoughtful, consistent delivery of predictable eating experience to our eventual consumer.

August 26, 2013

How did we get to this level of Bacon-omics? This presentation walks through historic pork economics to help bring perspective why the market is where it is today.

Variability in the Principal Determinants of Cost of Production for Pigs and the DDGS - Bacon Quality Dilemma - Dr. Dennis DiPietre, KnowledgeVentures, LLC, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Dennis DiPietre takes a trip through pork economics to help bring perspective why the market is where it is today. He then look to the current data to help producers understand where costs of production are going to be and how various inputs play a part.

June 19, 2013

If I have a better feed efficiency do I make more money?

Feed Price Update and Daily Feed Efficiency Drivers - Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, shares research and practice around feed efficiency. He leads with the question he hears a lot "If I have a better feed efficiency do I make more money?".

February 18, 2013

The word subsidy lumps many forms of agriculture support into one word when it is really many types of support.

Subsidies are a component of agriculture monetary flows in pretty much all developed countries around the world. The reasons for having a subsidy varies, though many types of subsidies are in place to help guarantee some form of payment for an agricultural crop in the event of a disaster, poor market prices, or foreign competition.

In the United States, subsidies tend to be lumped into a single term but there are actually several different kinds of subsidies.

January 31, 2013

The latest information on connecting with consumers is shared by the National Pork Board, plus a post about the aging population of newspapers readers highlights that newspapers need to fix the problem instead of debating the data.

July 25, 2012

How will the demand for corn be managed in light of the current drought and economic tensions in biofuels?

The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.

July 9, 2012

Are Flex-Fuel cars going to pull in more more ethanol and disrupt corn feed supplies?

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July 3, 2012

What are some of the economic issues in grains and how are they playing out on the animal agriculture markets and in farm operations? Dr. Meyers doesn't hold back on his assessments of ethanol. His presentation offers details on China's corn import/exports compared to other major corp producing countries.

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

March 27, 2012

Without global markets, there is a risk of food distribution being disrupted.

Markets exist to help smooth the flow of information and make the future more predictable. But sometimes it takes a Ph.D. to figure out what is going on when corn goes above $8 and you are sitting on several thousand bushels.

March 19, 2012

What should you be doing with your corn?

There is less pressure from ethanol demand and the industry is catching up with trend-line yields. And prices are moderating, although at higher levels than preferred. Purdue's Dr. Chris Hurt shares what's happening and why we should see a bit less volatility in the days to come.

March 12, 2012

Information transparency is key to fluid and functional market. If government statistics are not trusted then markets get skewed and cost businesses revenue and opportunities.

March 5, 2012

What happened at the 2012 Commodity Classic? Social media gives a glimpse.

There were ~1,500 tweets with ~400 links (photos, lots of photos!) and many comments on the food, entertainment, and the people. Snapshots of the tweets (March 1, March 2, & March 3) offer a view into what 311 tweeters thought of #Classic12.

February 10, 2012

Can the use of corn as food co-exist with the idea of corn as fuel?

There is no question that energy consumption continues to increase and the main source of the world's energy is crude oil. Since the early 1970's in the U.S., the nature of using crude oil has been felt, from the Arab oil embargo to the creation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

February 10, 2012


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Food or Fuel? How will changes to ethanol subsidies affect food / fuel debate? Will cellulosic biomass like switchgrass ever work? This #AgChat conversation touches on one of the hot topics in agriculture.

February 10, 2012

Food and fuel discussions have been heated in the past. Before jumping in, get some info!

These resources are to help provide insight and perspective on on corn, fuel, and food. They are not comprehensive nor are they free of bias. But they are helpful in the start of understanding the issues.

February 7, 2012

Total feed supply is going down. This means we either get more efficient or we get smaller.

January 28, 2012

How can you manage corn production in extreme weather conditions?

Corn Management for Extreme Conditions - Dr. Bob Nielsen, from the 2012 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers Conference, January 27-28, 2012, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.

January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.

January 9, 2012

While ethanol production has turned corn stocks into fuel, the growth curve should begin to flatten in coming years.

Hog Economics in the Biofuels Era - Dr. Chris Hurt, Purdue University, from the 2011 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 12-14, 2011, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

January 1, 2012
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