JoAnn Alumbaugh

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 »

Too much food is wasted

Did you know nearly five million tons of food—enough to fill the John Hancock Building more than 14 times—will be wasted between Thanksgiving and the end of 2013? Learn more about what factors contribute to food wastage. FULL STORY »

New Jersey senator stalls in attempt to override veto

While a New Jersey state senator with strong ties to HSUS gave it his best effort, he didn’t have the votes needed for to override Governor Christie’s veto of the bill to ban maternity pens in the state – this time. FULL STORY »

Transportation equipment drives PEDv spread Play video

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus continues to spread to new states and new herds. Researchers have discovered that transportation equipment and drivers may be a significant factor to the disease’s spread. Here is Dr. Bob Thompson with PIC, who shared information on PEDv at the PIC Boot Camp held in Ames, Iowa last week. FULL STORY »

Darren Warth is a pork ambassador Play video

Watch this video to hear what Darren Warth does with 2,500 lbs. of pork shoulder, 1,200 racks of ribs and 250 lbs. of pork loin every week. FULL STORY »

House passes water reform act by wide margin

Agricultural organizations request timely conference and enactment of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). FULL STORY »

Sad news: “Swino” dies in car accident

On a sad, albeit lighter note, we regret informing readers that the Australian beer-drinking boar we reported on recently was hit by a vehicle and died from the injuries he sustained. FULL STORY »

Sierra Club files complaint against Seaboard Food

The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club filed a complaint against Seaboard Food Inc., for not meeting the standard set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, even though KDHE granted an exception. FULL STORY »

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