Angela Bowman

Drought turns Calif. farmland into Dust Bowl

More rain over the last week helped to ease drought on the Plains while in California conditions are turning into the Dust Bowl. FULL STORY »

Insects: They’re what’s (not) for dinner

Americans love meat, but as pork, beef and poultry prices soar to record highs, will insects ever be a viable protein option for our squeamish consumers? FULL STORY »

Heartland a mixed bag of corn conditions

The nation’s corn crop conditions dipped slightly this week in the latest Crop Progress report, but even with the decline, conditions still remain the best since 2010: FULL STORY »

Corn crop condition best since 2010

So far, the 2014 corn crop condition is the best seen in years. FULL STORY »

Pork export rules to China updated

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced new requirements for exporting U.S. pork and pork products to China. FULL STORY »

Fair Oaks opens farrowing barn doors wider

Fair Oaks Farms is one of the country’s leading agri-tourism stop, and in addition to opening their farrowing barn doors to hundreds of tourists on a daily basis, employees also have created videos to demonstrate their daily operations to not only show but explain modern pork production to these broad audiences. FULL STORY »

TOPIGS, Norsvin merge

TOPIGS International and Norsvin announced Wednesday at the 2014 World Pork Expo a merger, bringing the two companies together to form Topigs Norsvin. FULL STORY »

World Pork Expo boosts biosecurity in wake of PEDV

Officials with the World Pork Expo are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

Rain helps but southern Plains still stuck in drought

Last week’s deluge brought welcomed rain to much of the nation’s dry midsection, but even the much-needed moisture wasn’t enough to break the drought. FULL STORY »

Good news: PEDv outbreak slows

The wild spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) appears to be slowing. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians announced 187 positive tests for the disease in the week ending May 17. FULL STORY »

Number of U.S. farms dropped (again) in 2013

The USDA released the latest issue of its Farms and Land in Farms report on Wednesday, showing a decrease in both the number of farms and farmland. FULL STORY »

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