The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing the amount of funding available for the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program and expects to issue approximately $62.8 million in pandemic assistance payments to hog producers starting this week.

Forages are the base component of cattle rations. “When you’re trying to maximize animal performance or keep the animal’s health in tip-top shape, it starts with the animal’s diet,” said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator.

U.S. consumers typically purchase fewer dairy products during periods of inflation. “We’re likely looking at a slowdown in dairy demand driven by a slower economy,” said Nate Donnay, StoneX Group director of dairy market insight.

Maintaining and enhancing current export markets and working to open a few more are among the top items on the “to-do” list for Maria Zieba, vice president of international affairs for the National Pork Producers Council.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is hosting a two-day webinar to address concerns regarding the Asian longhorned tick and the pest’s possible impact on the U.S. cattle industry.