Greg Henderson

Feeding margins show slight improvement, packer margins solid

Losses continue to mount for cattle feeders, though some improvement was found on closeouts last week. Beef packers posted solid profits, as did pork producers and pork packers. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle higher for third week, fed market soft

Yearling feeder cattle prices moved higher for the third consecutive week. Beef demand was light to moderate and cattle feeders failed to nudge fed cattle prices higher. FULL STORY »

Cattle feeding must recover for industry to rebuild: Rabobank

America's beef industry has settled into a "painful process of contraction, excess capacity and restructuring," according to a new report by Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory. FULL STORY »

Consumer Goods Forum identifies critical megatrends

A report by the Consumer Goods Forum calls for the implementation of critical initiatives to safeguard the future and drive change for the consumer goods industry. FULL STORY »

Margins: still a wreck, but minor improvement; packers tidy

Feedyards found some improvement to their margins last week, but the red ink continues to flow. Packers added $10 per head to their profits. Pork producers are finding solid profits on strong cash sales. FULL STORY »

Robert Williams describes Feed Efficiency Project Play video

The American International Charolais Association is participating in a feed efficiency project with results scheduled to be delivered during a field day August 22 & 23 at the University of Illinois. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle prices strengthen as fed market struggles

Feeder cattle traded higher again last week in a solid test and calf prices were steady to higher. Cattle feeders continue to struggle with soft prices and little leverage. Beef prices sold steady to higher. FULL STORY »

GM wheat: a chance to tell ag’s story

The Memorial Day weekend saw organized protests in 436 cities in 52 countries for a “March Against Monsanto,” an event designed to sway public opinion against the giant seed maker in hopes of ending the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. Just days after the “March Against Monsanto” event, the anti-GM movement was handed a public relations windfall when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced that a genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant wheat variety was found this spring in volunteer wheat growing on a farm in Oregon. “Roundup Ready” crops have been genetically modified to include a gene that works to make that crop resistant to the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate, also known by its branded name, Roundup. FULL STORY »

Jared Wareham describes Flying H Genetics Play video

Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, NE, and Lowry City, MO, develops cattle with four principles in mind—Profitability, Adaptability, Convenience and Industry Relevance. FULL STORY »

Chipotle begins labeling GMO burritos

Chipotle Mexican Grill has begun labeling all the ingredients it uses that contain genetically modified organisms. But going GMO-free will be difficult, the company says. FULL STORY »

Monsanto scientist, two others win World Food Prize

The 2013 World Food Prize winners were announced at a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. Among the three winners was a top scientist at Monsanto, a selection sure to stir more debate about the benefits of biotechnology. FULL STORY »

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