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WTO again sides with Canada, Mexico on US COOL law

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 20, as expected, ruled on the side of Canada and Mexico in the ongoing battle over the U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law, saying some COOL requirements treat Canadian and Mexican livestock less favorable than U.S. livestock. FULL STORY »

Record harvests are not pushing up export sales

The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world's largest food exporter. Not this year. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: What little pig?

Pork producer and PorkNetwork blogger Erin Brenneman knows how to take a good #felfie, especially with one tank-sized “little” pig. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: Up, up and oops

A low-flying hot air balloon literally scared a UK pig herd to death, and now the balloon’s company’s insurers have to pay up. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Wean Pig and Swine Facility Insights

This market update is a PorkNetwork weekly column reporting trends in weaner pig prices and swine facility availability. All information contained in this update is for the week ended October 17, 2014. FULL STORY »

Zabel: Communication on the field and in the barn

Whether part of a team on the football field or part of a team on the farm, communication is critical to the team’s success. FULL STORY »

Soil, crops benefit from manure

With harvest nearing, pork producers and grain farmers will soon prep for fall field nutrient applications. The Illinois Pork Producers Association reminds pork producers to pay attention to details, as they pump manure that will be applied on crop acres as a sustainable fertilizer option FULL STORY »

Iowa leaders issue critical statement on EPA’s WOTUS rule

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary Bill Northey, along with relevant state leaders, sent a letter and submitted comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy on the proposed "Waters of the United States" federal rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Hog prices lower this week

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University indicate the typical market hog sold in September earned a profit of $66.15 per head. FULL STORY »

Steers and lower corn prices boost cattle dressed weights

Despite recent and current positive cattle feeding margins, increases in feeder cattle prices are offsetting declines in corn prices, signaling continuation of positive margins. FULL STORY »

Tis the season for...mold growth

Have you ever opened a bag of feed that smells a little musty or put your hand in the feed bunk in the middle of the winter and the ration is too hot to touch? FULL STORY »

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