Photo of the Day: Phantom of the farrowing barn

One little pig has a dramatic mask, reminiscent of another theatrical phantom – just in time for Halloween. FULL STORY »

Export data, equity gains boost crop futures Thursday morning

The weekly USDA Export Sales report stated last week’s corn commitments just over 1.0 million tonnes, which happened to be the upper end of pre-report forecasts. FULL STORY »

Record U.S. soybean crop may hold silver lining for Iowa farmers

A record U.S. soybean crop is bigger than expected, but not in Iowa. FULL STORY »

Meat export volumes lower in August, but value remains strong

For the second consecutive month, August export value for U.S. pork increased year-over-year despite declines in volume. Export value remains on a record pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month. FULL STORY »

We are Indiana agriculture: Emiley Gaskill doing what she loves

Emiley Gaskill and her husband, Randy, live in Adams County. They have three sons: Aaron, who works for Helena Chemical Company; Brandon, a service man for Oracle Pork; and Craig, who is a manager over 10,000-head of wean-to-finish hogs. FULL STORY »

Smithfield donates 852,000 servings of protein in Q3 2014

Smithfield, in partnership with grocery retail partners across the United States, donated more than 852,000 servings of protein to six food banks throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia during the third quarter of 2014. FULL STORY »

Baise: EPA's new water definition would devastate business

There is "…overwhelming evidence that EPA's proposed WOTUS [Waters of the U.S.] rule would have a devastating impact on businesses of all sizes, States, and local governments without any real benefit to the environment,…" says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Vani Hari and why does she matter?

Yesterday, I received a note from a good friend expressing her annoyance with a fear-monger named Vani Hari, a woman who self-describes as the "Food Babe." She prefers the name Food Babe but she branches out into other fields too, all without a factual compass. FULL STORY »

Heated international pork markets cool down

Rabobank has published a new report on the global pork industry, saying that heated international markets are slowly cooling down. FULL STORY »

Pork industry launches new common audit

After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and is available to the public. FULL STORY »

Not the end for COOL

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden spoke out today in support of Country-of-Origin labeling (COOL), following a decision by the World Trade Organization Oct. 20 on whether the law is unfair to foreign meat producers. FULL STORY »

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