Editorial

Commentary: Fighting the fanatics

University researchers in Florida who work with animals are now lobbying the state legislature for the right to shelter personal information from animal activists intent on intimidating them. FULL STORY »

USDA announces $20 million feral swine control program

Destructive, disease ridden, razorback – all words used to describe feral swine that are rapidly becoming a growing nuisance to farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Rapid response critical in animal disease outbreak

Rapid implementation of movement controls at the county level play an important role in stopping or slowing the spread of a fast-spreading animal disease like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. FULL STORY »

Drought-weary California faces brutal wildfire season

Recent downpours fell far short of pulling California out of drought, and as if the drought didn’t offer enough headaches, a meager snowpack and an already busy wildfire season adds to the gloomy outlook. FULL STORY »

'Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture Play video

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to be able to attend a screening of Farmland, a documentary that follows six young farmers and ranchers and highlights their challenges, successes and reasons for choosing to make their livelihood in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Affordable Care Act fails to lower rural health care costs

Health care costs have never been considered economical in rural communities, but the divide between rural and urban costs have only been exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act. FULL STORY »

A serving of meat a day keeps the doctor away

What does mental health and eating meat have in common? According to the Medical University Graz, Austria, it’s quite a bit. A recently published study found that research subjects who regularly went with the meat option were overall healthier than their vegetarian peers – and happier. FULL STORY »

3,500 piglets die in Big Sky Farms fire

Thousands of piglets were killed in a massive fire at Canada’s second-largest hog producer. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins still climbing higher

Farrow-to-finish margins increased again last week, reaching $116.65 per head, compared to $103.60 the previous week and $49.81 at this time last month. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The upside of going veggie

Most folks would classify an upward trend in the number of people embracing vegetarianism as a negative development. But here’s a different, more upbeat, way to view those data. FULL STORY »

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