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Market Journal –“ October 25, 2013

This week on Market Journal–¦

Hog Market Analysis –“ Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses how the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is impacting U.S. hog numbers. Ron also talks about current breakeven levels and how lower feed prices could lead to herd expansion.

Livestock Indemnity Program –“ With the expiration of last year–™s Farm Bill extension, producers lost coverage from the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Farmers and ranchers affected by a recent snowstorm in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming therefore lack that federal assistance. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, describes the LIP and talks about whether or not producers can expect LIP coverage when Congress passes a new Farm Bill.

Seed Corn Selection –“ Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says now is a good time for growers to begin thinking about seed corn selection for next spring. Farmers might be more aware of disease issues now since they are rolling through fields during harvest. Tamra says seed selection can be one of the most economical things a producer can do when it comes to disease management.

Ag at the Crossroads –“ This year–™s Ag at the Crossroads event will begin November 6 in Lincoln. More information on the event can be found here.

Forage Sampling –“ Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, says sampling forages before feeding them to livestock is a good practice to ensure accurate quality.

Weather Forecast –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.