Market Journal –“ February 15, 2013

      Hog Markets –“ Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses the hog markets–™ seasonal trend, Russia–™s restrictions on meat imports, and when producers might see profits.
     LEAD Class 33 –“ The Nebraska LEAD program is currently accepting applications for LEAD class 33. Members of LEAD commit approximately 60 days over 19 months, including trips to Kansas City, Washington, Chicago, and an International Study Travel Seminar. LEAD program director Terry Hejny explains how participants benefit from the LEAD program.
     Soybeans and Sugarcane –“ One stop in Market Journal–™s recent See For Yourself trip included a visit to a Louisiana sugarcane farm. The operation uses soybeans in its fallow rotation. Kurtis Harms reports on the practice–™s benefits.
     ACRE vs. DCP –“ Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, weighs enrollment in the ACRE and direct and counter-cyclical farm programs. Brad also outlines the upcoming Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings.
     Nebraska–™s Ethanol Plants –“ Is the ethanol industry in trouble? Dennis Conley, UNL agriculture economics professor, describes the seasonality of Nebraska–™s ethanol plants and how important distillers grains have been to these operations.
     Weather Forecast –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.