Bill would keep farmers' private information private

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives is determined to make sure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not disclose private information of U.S. farmers and ranchers as it did in early 2013. FULL STORY »

Mixed start for 2014 ag trade

Monthly export totals for red meats and meat products dropped off somewhat in January, but overall U.S. trade in agricultural products started 2014 at a good pace, according to the latest trade data from USDA. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Quick! What are we eating?

Before you feed another calf, plant another row of corn or wonder about the wisdom of winter wheat, maybe you should think about what your fellow citizens are really eating. FULL STORY »

From PEDv to markets: A report from the 2014 Pork Forum

Another National Pork Industry Forum wraps up, recharging delegates representing both the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, and reaffirming the passion pork producers from across the nation share. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Smoking or meat-eating?

A new study argues that eating meat in ‘old age’ may be as deadly as smoking cigarettes — only animal protein also seems to protect people from heart disease. Confusing? In a word, yes. FULL STORY »

California soaked…but still deep in drought

Last week’s storms may have brought the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles areas in years, but it did little quench the state’s oppressive drought. FULL STORY »

Global diets becoming more standardized

As people around the world generally gain access to more food, their diets also are becoming more similar. And scientists express concern that a decline in dietary diversity could lead to increasing health problems. FULL STORY »

“Ag-gag” laws in the news

Several recent news items have brought new attention to farm-protection legislation known as “ag-gag” laws, adopted in several states to protect farmers and ranchers from clandestine activities of animal-rights activists. FULL STORY »

In China, pork is still king, but beef is rising

While pork consumption in China is nearly 10 times higher than beef consumption, beef demand is growing. According to a recent report out of USDA Foreign Agriculture Service staff in Beijing, more Chinese consumers are switching to beef to meet their protein in response to food safety concerns following the H7N9 poultry outbreak. FULL STORY »

Cooney: Weaner breakevens up $3.37

The weaner pig breakeven price is $86.35, up $3.37 for the week. October hog futures were $2.23 higher for the week and feed costs were up $1.17 per head. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Please don’t cut me off a slice of that James Franco

A Silicon Valley food company has big plans of turning celebrities into salami. This has got to be a joke, right? FULL STORY »

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