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Pacific Rim free trade talks fall short of deal

Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America,


EC extending dairy safety net measures

To address a slowdown in global demand and the ongoing Russian ban on European Union imports, the European Commission (EC) is extending dairy, fruit and vegetable safety net measures into 2016.


Adjusting to the “new normal” for agriculture

Now that our industry has stepped up to meet the new demand, there is another fundamental shift underway as the markets adjust to increasing worldwide supply of grain that is pressuring prices. This change has been good for livestock producers who are now mostly profitable due in part to falling feed costs. Production agriculture, on the other hand, is now adjusting to thin or even no margin of profit.


Dairy markets: Entering August with questions

On one hand, the bearishness which has clawed away at the market for the better part of 2015 remains present from both a global scale and a domestic perspective. On the other hand, the last Milk Production report came in lower than expected, and likely served as a warning shot across the bow.


Are businesses too timid with their growth plans?

Variety in business is generally good, but when it comes to profit and revenue, an entrepreneur’s expectations should be fairly singular – go big. That’s according to business development expert Cameron Herold, who drove 1-800-GOT-JUNK’s growth from $2 million to $106 million in a handful of years. Otherwise, he says, you’re probably selling yourself short.


Congress has big plate pending for fall

House members began their recess, while the Senate may continue their work into early this week before leaving for their month-long August recess. They leave with a lot of loose ends, with more to follow when they return after Labor Day.


5 employee considerations when designing a calf facility

Whether you’ve been dreaming of redesigning your calf-care facility or you’re building a brand new facility, considering these five questions can be critical to your facility’s success.


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