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USDA considers mandatory reporting for PEDv

The USDA has discussed the option of mandatory reporting of PEDv with industry organizations, but for this virus, it's too late to have significant benefits. FULL STORY »

USMEF Audio Report: Pork, beef exports to Mexico start strong

U.S. pork and beef exports to Mexico posted very strong results in early 2014, despite concerns about tight supplies and rising U.S. meat prices. FULL STORY »

Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they got it

Even when you think you do a good job of communicating with employees, you don’t really know what they heard unless you ask. FULL STORY »

Think safety first when pumping pits

Although it’s not a common occurrence, even a few reports of flash fires and explosions in hog barns should serve as an good reminder that safety is paramount any time that liquid manure is being agitated and pumped from a holding pit. FULL STORY »

PEDv update: 5,500 cases confirmed across 30 states

According to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, last week, 257 more cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) were confirmed. FULL STORY »

Know young ag leaders? Nominate them for the 40 Under 40 award

For the men and women of the U.S. agricultural industry, producing an increasing amount of food, fiber and energy to meet growing global demands is just the tip of the ice berg. FULL STORY »

Corn planting behind average but progressing

Wet weather may have slowed farmers, but corn planting progress was made in a handful of the nation’s top corn-growing states. FULL STORY »

Crop markets rallied on Ukraine-Russian news Monday

Several factors boosted corn futures to start the week. A big South Korean company tendered to buy 193,000 tonnes of corn Sunday night. FULL STORY »

In memoriam: Dr. James McKean

Dr. James McKean, a respected Iowa State University Swine Extension veterinarian and food safety researcher, passed away suddenly last week. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Putting a new roof on your finisher?

With profits returning to the hog industry, producers with older facilities are making plans for repairs this coming summer season. FULL STORY »

Final 2012 Census of Agriculture report to be released May 2

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2. FULL STORY »

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