Marlys Miller

Nebraska's HSUS battle heats up

Things between the agriculture community in Nebraska and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are heating up. It’s little surprise as Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is not a fan of animal rights group and has taken a firm stand against HSUS. FULL STORY »

Campbell Soup commits to a gestation-stall ban

The Campbell Soup Company, which includes Pepperidge Farms, is now on the list of companies that want their pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. It has set a final deadline of 2022, but hopes to have a gestation-stall-free pork supply by 2017. FULL STORY »

ARAMARK sets 2017 deadline for gestation stalls

The Philadelphia-based ARAMARK joins other foodservice companies in the movement to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its U.S. pork supply channels. The company made the announcement through a news release from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins hold steady

A slowdown in the feed-grain price rally kept pork producer profit margins close to the previous week’s mark. Packer margins actually strengthened for the week ending Aug. 17. FULL STORY »

More H3N2 influenza cases surface

As of the end of last week 159 people in nine states had been identified with H3N2 influenza virus infections this year. Most of the recent cases have occurred after contact with pigs at county or state fairs. FULL STORY »

Chipotle to commit $250,000 to Veggie U

Chipotle Mexican Grill will commit up to $250,000 to Veggie U, a non-profit organization focused on 4th-grade classrooms. Veggie U is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated “changing children’s eating habits one classroom at a time,” according to the group’s tagline. FULL STORY »

HSUS wants Tyson Foods to disclose gestation stall plans

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has submitted a shareholder resolution to Tyson Foods requesting that the Springdale, Ark.-based pork producer/packer “disclose to shareholders how it plans to meet the growing demand for pork produced without the use of gestation crates.” HSUS points to “poor earnings” in Tyson’s third-quarter profit report released on Aug. 6, as the reason behind the request. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Drought recovery will be long and slow

Okay it’s official, not that anyone who’s driven even a few miles in corn-country had any doubt, but USDA cut its 2012 corn production forecast by 13 percent. There are serious supply concerns and the corn and soybean crops will need rationing. FULL STORY »

Revised Swine NRC updates diet needs

The National Academies of Science has released the 11th Revised Edition of The Nutrient Requirements of Swine, also known as the Swine NRC. FULL STORY »

Increased surveillance identifies more H3N2 cases

Health officials in both Indiana and Ohio have reported an increase in diagnosed H3N2 influenza cases within the past week. These cases come on the heels of significantly expanded surveillance, which the officials point to as the reason for the increase. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip nearly $4

The drought continues to pressure livestock producers’ margins. Farrow-to-finish producer margins for the week ending Aug. 3, on average were $22.89 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

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