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Profit tracker: Pork producer margins maintain momentum

Pork producer margins inched closer to profitability, thanks to strong hog prices and improved cutout values last week. Meanwhile, packer margins are essentially holding steady at more than $6 per head, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

Harrisvaccines gets $1.114 million to develop FMD vaccine

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Harrisvaccines, Ames, Iowa, a $1.114 million contract to develop an RNA Particle (RP) vaccine in an effort to protect the United States from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Waxman bill wants antibiotic transparency

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., announced this week that he will introduce legislation to increase information on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. He is calling it the “Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals Act” or DATA Act. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer and packer margins improve

Pork producer margins remain in the red, but they gained back $5.61 per head on the week ending Oct. 12, compared with the week before. Meanwhile, pork packers increased their profit margin by $2.19 per head on the week, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. FULL STORY »

HSUS criticizes Tyson’s animal well-being audits

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not impressed with Tyson Foods’ launch of a new animal well-being auditing program for its suppliers, but that should not come as a surprise. The activist group wants Tyson to eliminate gestation-sow stalls and will keep applying pressure. FULL STORY »

Tyson initiates FarmCheck auditing program

Tyson Foods is launching a program to audit animal treatment at the livestock and poultry farms that supply the company. Known as FarmCheck, the audits have already occurred on a trial basis on some of the 3,000 independent hog farms that supply Tyson Foods. Under the program, auditors visit the farms to check on such things as animal access to food and water, as well as proper human-animal interaction and worker training. FULL STORY »

August pork exports trend higher from July’s sales

U.S. pork exports in August slipped 6 percent in volume compared to year ago levels and were down 7 percent in value. However, the totals were up 10 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from July’s performance, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). FULL STORY »

Cheesecake Factory targets 2022 for gestation-stall elimination

The Cheesecake Factory is the latest restaurant chain to join 33 other food companies committed to eliminating gestation-sow stalls from their supply chains. Also this week, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a shareholder resolution with Seaboard Foods for the company to report on its contributions for political and charitable purposes. FULL STORY »

Step forward and adopt a teacher

Given that an estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population is involved with agriculture, educating and informing the public about modern production practices can be an uphill climb. Reaching youth in the classroom is a natural fit and the Adopt-A-Teacher education program is one way to get involved. FULL STORY »

California newspapers encourage ‘No’ vote on Prop. 37

On Nov. 6, California voters will decide whether to require some foods produced through the use of genetic engineering and sold within the state to carry a special label designation. In recent days, a majority of the state’s daily newspapers are speaking out in opposition to the “poorly drafted” proposal. FULL STORY »

Agriculture’s message must connect with consumers

For decades people have migrated from the farm to towns and cities, leaving behind a growing gap of knowledge and understanding. But the power is in the message and the messenger, according to the 2012 Consumer Trust in the Food System study. FULL STORY »

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