Marlys Miller

Gestation-stall debate is not clear cut

Pork producers and consumers alike are increasingly talking about gestation-sow housing since some major U.S. grocers and restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, have cited plans to stop buying pork that can be traced back to gestation stalls. However, lost in the conversation is why pork producers began using stalls in the first place. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins decline $5 on the week

Pork producer profit margins slid a bit during the last week of June, dropping to $38.67 per head from the previous week at $44.22. In the end, farrow-to-finish margins are close to year-ago levels at $34.85 per head. FULL STORY »

IN Drought provides answers, assistance

As drought continues to plague much of the Midwest, farmers are looking for news, ideas and solutions. For farmers, homeowners and community leaders in Indiana, Purdue University has set up a new website, tagged IN Drought. FULL STORY »

Manure part of the CERCLA discussion

Manure as a “hazardous material” reenters the political conversation periodically, and last week once again had a House committee listening to arguments. FULL STORY »

Pork producers restrain herd expansion

“It’s a relatively vanilla report,” says Joe Kerns, International Agri-Business Group, Ames, Iowa. Across the board, USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report showed modest 1 percent increases, with some segments equal to year-ago levels or even slightly below. FULL STORY »

Commentary: A bellwether for U.S. animal agriculture

By sheer size alone, American and European agriculture are dramatically different. Yet, when it comes to consumer trends and activists' actions, time and again we’ve watched developments cross the pond and reach our shores. FULL STORY »

FAO and OIE outline global FMD-free strategy

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced an initiative to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale. The two groups outlined a detailed strategy to bring it under control and work toward a global FMD-free objective. FULL STORY »

Pork industry comments on EPA emissions document

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on its Draft Document Related to the Development of Emissions Estimating Methodologies (EEM) for Lagoons and Basins for Swine and Dairy Feeding Operations. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Reading the temperature

World Pork Expo is a great time to gain some insight into the pork sector’s opportunities, challenges and plans. It’s also a good time to measure the overall temperature of those raising the pork that feeds the world as well as those who provide the industry's goods and services. FULL STORY »

Add Cracker Barrel to the list

On Thursday, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store joined the growing list of food companies that want their pork supplies to come from systems that do not use gestation-sow stalls. The restaurant chain announced that it will begin formulating plans to source its pork from such operations. FULL STORY »

Bacon sundaes and more at Burger King

Summer and barbecue go hand in hand and Burger King hopes to tap some of that momentum. The world’s second largest burger chain is rolling out a new summertime menu featuring not only barbecue, but a bacon sundae as well. FULL STORY »

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