Is another Dust Bowl in the works?

Thursday’s Drought Monitor report showed drought “waking up” in parts of Kansas and the southern Plains, igniting concern of the next Dust Bowl. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians, farmers prepare for FDA antimicrobial changes

Veterinarians and producers will be at the forefront as the livestock industry implements FDA’s Guidance for Industry 209 and 213, phasing out end of growth and performance uses of medically important antimicrobials, and the proposed rule requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) for most antimicrobials used in feed. FULL STORY »

Olson: Pigs in the pasture – Part 2

In the second of this two-part series, Linden Olson recalls other preparations that needed to be done before pigs were moved outdoors in the spring. You’ll learn how modern production has minimized much of the physical work associated with raising pigs. FULL STORY »

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces 2014 Farm Bill strides

As we all know the 2014 Farm Bill came to fruition after being signed by President Obama back on February 7. Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced continued progress in the first 90 days of the bill’s life. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins sink below $80

Farrow-to-finish margins dropped $11.46 per head last week to $75.63, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

USDA says no doubt climate change hurting ag

The National Climate Assessment announced on May 6 claims climate change is affecting every region of the U.S. and critical sectors of the economy like agriculture. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Laying down the labeling law

Vermont is poised to become the first state to require food products with genetically engineered ingredients to carry labeling. Is the Green Mountain state the first domino to fall? FULL STORY »

PEDv: One year later

One year and 6,019 confirmed cases since it was first identified in the United States, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continues to spread virtually unchecked through the country, killing pigs and producer morale along the way. FULL STORY »

Could PEDv push hog prices 25% higher? NPPC answers

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continues to spread like wildfire through the nation, reaching across 30 states with more than 6,000 confirmed cases. National Pork Producers Council President Howard Hill testified the virus has the potential to push U.S. hog prices – and consumer pork prices – even higher. FULL STORY »

‘Farmland’ movie: Go see it today! Play video

The green carpet is rolling out for six young American farmers as “Farmland” opens in select theaters across the country on May 1. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins climb slightly

Farrow-to-finish margins improved last week to $87.09, compared to $84.60 the previous week according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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