Food insecurity declines slightly

A few more U.S. families have consistent access to enough food than a few years ago, but the levels of food security remain high. The USDA’s Economic Research Service last week released its 2013 Household Food Security in the United States report, showing 14.3 percent of U.S households were food-insecure during 2013. FULL STORY »

Markets oversold last week, corn/soy up due to frost fears

Chicago soybean and corn futures rose for a second consecutive session on Monday as agricultural markets drew support from forecasts for potentially unfavourable weather in parts of key growing regions in the United States. FULL STORY »

Got manure? What's it worth?

Do you wish you had more manure? Do you have too much manure? Got a plan for your manure? Is spreading manure a necessary chore, or is it an opportunity to enhance your bottom line? FULL STORY »

Making decisions with 4H/other project money earned this summer

Was there communication between parents and youth regarding money and making financial decisions? Ask yourself what is important to you, how you grew up and what types of values you have had? FULL STORY »

Groups release ‘Waters of the U.S.’ mapping tool

The National Pork Producers Council, along with other agricultural groups, unveiled an interactive website that shows land likely to be regulated by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Slaughter down due to the Labor Day holiday

This week's hog slaughter totaled 1.78 million head, down 10.1% from the week before due to Monday's Labor Day holiday, and down 10.2% from the same week last year. Hog slaughter has been down more than 7.0% for 8 of the last 10 weeks. FULL STORY »

Lighter Side: ‘Pig perfume’ to stop barking dogs?

Who knew a pig pheromone could be the trick to training your dog? FULL STORY »

Don’t forget about PRDC Play video

While we don’t hear as much about Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) it can have a significant economic impact on swine herds. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The limits of labeling

Although consumer advocates love to pressure government into slapping warning labels on anything even remotely risky, neither food safety nor consumer protection are advanced in doing so. FULL STORY »

Iowa veterinarian encouraged by licensing of second PEDV vaccine

Iowa hog farmers are getting more help in the fight against a deadly piglet virus that has swept through 30 states and killed an estimated eight million piglets since April 2013. FULL STORY »

Nebraska court hears questions about Keystone XL pipeline plan

Nebraska's Supreme Court heard arguments on Friday about whether Governor Dave Heineman acted properly when he blessed a route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and the court's decision could weigh on the controversial project. FULL STORY »

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