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Livestock can't transmit COVID-19 to humans

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The director of a Kansas State University veterinary laboratory that responds to animal health issues across the state says that while coronavirus is a disease familiar to livestock producers, it is not the same strain of the viru... Read More

The Tuesday Fontanelle Final Bell with Mike Zuzolo of Global Commodity Analytics

Planting intentions report, where did the acres go, stocks, ethanol. Is there questioning of the USDA numbers? From end of month, end of quarter and moving into a new month how prices will fair be going into April. Human abilities and the futures. Lo... Read More

NPPC Cancels 2020 World Pork Expo

DES MOINES, IA, March 30, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today announced that its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is schedule... Read More

Updated: JBS Temporarily Reduces Production in Pennsylvania Packing Plant Due to COVID-19

One of the first packing plants in the US looks to temporarily reduce production for the safety of it's employees due to COVID-19. An extension specialist with Cornell University has relayed that the JBS processing facility in Souderton, PA will redu... Read More

Beef Experts Dish Out Real Facts About Real Beef

DENVER – March 30, 2020 – In the latest effort to address myths about beef production and nutrition, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has released a n... Read More

Pig Farmers Part of Essential Infrastructure

As assigned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the nation’s food and agriculture sector is one of 16 critical areas for our nation during this national emergency related to COVID-19. As such, the President has asked America’s farmers an... Read More

America’s Top 5 ASF Concerns

Even as the world has fixated on the coronavirus pandemic, African swine fever (ASF) has not taken a break in its relentless assault on the global swine herd, with more than 50 countries actively battling the costly disease. So far, the United States... Read More

State Beef Councils Win Major Legal Victory

DENVER, CO – The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory today when the United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. S... Read More

Beef Weigh-Ins Are Cancelled for Lincoln Logan & McPherson Counties

Lincoln Logan and McPherson Beef Weigh-Ins are canceled for this weekend due to Covid 19 virus. You may pick-up 4-H tags at the Extension Office.  Please call the Extension Office (308-532-2683) before coming so we can set them out in the porch f... Read More

The Friday Fontanelle Final Bell with Brad Kooima of Kooima, Kooima & Varilek

What is going on in the cattle market & how do we survive it?  Friday finished another limit down day.  How do we recover?  Recap of the cash markets this week.  What is the packers story from their side?  Hogs also see a limit down trade. ... Read More

Corn Battles Cheap Oil Over the Fuel Tank | Trading Bits and Bytes | March 27, 2020

In this week's edition of Trading Bits and Bytes, Clay Patton discusses the factors influencing the commodity trade with John Payne of Daniels Trading in Chicago. The two discuss the weekly market influences, including lower energy demand, a weake... Read More

The Thursday Fontanelle Final Bell with Darin Fessler with Lakefront Futures

Market chatter is still about COVID-19, Wheat bounced backwards today, a breather was expected.  Ethanol markets does not feel good. Are we going to see a dump in corn?  Will quarterly stocks or planting intentions help the market?  Will next week... Read More

AUDIO: Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2020 was 77.6 million head. This was up 4% from March 1, 2019, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2019. Breeding inventory, at 6.38 million head, was up slightly from last year, but down 1 pe... Read More

The Wednesday Fontanelle Final Bell with Arlan Suderman of FC Stone

It’s an off day in the market trade…except for the wheat market that has been on fire.  Corn did have a bounce in recovery.  Meat & wheat going hand in hand.  Ethanol might have a part in that.  Soybeans are confused.  The meal market an... Read More