JoAnn Alumbaugh

Penning Pigs: China Summit showcases danger/opportunity

China is on the move, especially when it comes to food and feed. I was in Beijing attending a meeting last week and here is the first of several posts on what I learned while there. FULL STORY »

Feed ingredients potentially involved in PED transmission

The potential exists for feed and/or feed ingredients to serve as a vector for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, though more research is urgently needed. Some feeds contain spray-dried porcine plasma, and experts are taking a closer look at this product. FULL STORY »

Americans want more food safety oversight

According to a Harris Poll, the vast majority of people are at least somewhat concerned about food health and/or safety recalls. FULL STORY »

Global pork outlook puts prices in the black

Lower feed costs and the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the United States, Canada and Mexico will increase market prices, while the industry continues to search for solutions. FULL STORY »

African swine fever hits Lithuania

News sources in Europe have reported an outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania, part of the European Union. FULL STORY »

Times Square billboard calls out HSUS

Thousands of visitors and workers around New York's Times Square will see a billboard that reveals the Humane Society of the United States' deceptive spending practices. FULL STORY »

HSUS keeps contributors in the dark

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) takes advantage of the fact that the vast majority of its contributors think their money is going to care for dogs and cats. Recent research tells a much different story. FULL STORY »

Oct. pork export value is highest of 2013

Pork exports remain strong, even though they're slightly down from last year's records.Congress needs to recognize the benefits of market access and development in maintaining this advantage. FULL STORY »

Economic opportunity is key to higher wages

A release from the Independent Women's Forum points out that economic growth - not new minimum wage laws or strikes - is the key to progress for workers. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins strongly in the black

According to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker, farrow-to-finish margins are well above the previous week, and are continuing to improve based on lower feed costs. FULL STORY »

Penning Pigs: Give a little

I'm so thankful for my many blessing but too often, I don’t think about those who are less fortunate and what we can do to ease their hunger and discomfort. FULL STORY »

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