Price Pressures Ease Just a Little
There was a lot to be positive about in the pork industry
the last week of October. I realize it is difficult to be optimistic
when you are still losing $25 to $30/head. I also realize that positive
news at this point could be as dangerous as it is welcome. But facts are
facts, and we must recognize them.
Pork cutout values continued a rally that has been rather low on
magnitude, but is now three weeks old (see Figure 1). The $1.73/cwt.
increase last week was driven by increases in hams, bellies and
trimmings, so it wasn’t just a one-trick pony. The increase puts this
rally at over $4/cwt. during October – a month usually not known for
product price rallies.
Industry is Truly at a Crossroads
Editor’s note: Mark Greenwood is vice president of
commercial lending at AgStar Financial Services, Mankato, MN, a
cooperative owned by client-stockholders, and is one of 95 institutions
that comprise the Farm Credit Services (FCS) system. AgStar serves over
23,000 clients and manages nearly $8 billion in loan and lease assets.
Greenwood’s role is managing AgStar’s swine portfolio, which
represents over $1.4 billion in loan and lease volume serving nearly
1,200 clients throughout the United States. On Oct. 22, he was invited
to address the House of Representatives subcommittee concerning the
state of the U.S. pork industry. A major portion of his testimony
“My name is Mark Greenwood. I exclusively handle swine loans and
leases with producers of all sizes. I was born and raised on a hog farm
in southern Minnesota and have been involved in the swine industry for
my entire business career. I can clearly tell you that the current
financial situation the (pork) industry is facing is the worst I have
ever seen in 28 years of working with swine producers.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Delayed
Congress has adopted Congressman Tom Latham’s (R-IA)
amendment that provides for a one-year delay in the implementation of
the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that requires
mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management
systems. Congressman Latham indicated that EPA’s proposed rule would
increase costs while doing “nothing to improve the environmental
health of rural America.” The amendment was attached to the fiscal
year 2010 Interior Appropriations conference report.
Senate Begins Hearings on Climate Change — The Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee held three days of hearings on
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) climate change
bill. The hearings indicated a number of issues that are dividing the
Senate, including agriculture, cost to the economy, nuclear power,
emissions allowances, indirect land use and the role of developing
countries. Additional hearings will be held by other Senate committees
including the agriculture and finance committees.
Specialist Advises Testing Corn Before Feeding to Hogs
Pork producers should test the new corn crop before
feeding it, according to a Purdue University Extension swine specialist.
That’s because mold is present in corn in much of the Midwest, says
Brian Richert. In fact, a couple producers who started feeding new crop
corn had near 100% feed refusal because of the high vomitoxin levels in
“Those producers had to suck all that feed back out of the feeders,
find a source of new feed and try to get feed back in for those
animals,” he says. “It can cause some significant problems if
producers don’t test their corn up front.”
Nov. 5-6, 2009: 17th Annual Swine Disease
Conference for Swine Practitioners, Scheman Building, Iowa State
University (ISU), Ames, IA; contact ISU by phone (515) 294-6222, fax
(515) 294-6223 or e-mail email@example.com.
Nov. 9-11, 2009: Joint International Educational
Symposium on Animal Welfare, The Kellogg Hotel; Conference Center,
University, Lansing, MI; contact: http://www.avma.org/awsymposium.
Nov. 10, 2009: University of
Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program’s Swine
Institute, Courtyard by Marriott, Columbia, MO; contact: for
registration, Erica Lovercamp at (573) 882-9552 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for
programming, Katrina Turner at (573) 882-0378 or email@example.com.
M2P2, LLC, is accepting applications for the following position:
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M2P2, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not
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