Catch up on the this week's top stories on Pork Network for the week ending Feb. 17.

 

Activist’s video turns lens on Hawkeye Sow Centers, Hormel
Another animal activist undercover video surfaced on Wednesday, taken at a Hawkeye Sow Centers (HSC) swine breeding facility near Leland, Iowa. Read more…

 

McDonald’s wants gestation-sow stalls eliminated
McDonald’s Corporation is calling on its U.S. pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. The world’s largest restaurant chain announced that it will be studying suppliers’ options and will require them to outline plans to phase out the stalls. Read more…

 

Pork groups respond to McDonald’s gestation-stall policy
McDonald's Corp. has announced that it will develop a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional gestation-sow stalls.  Both the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offered a response. Read more…


Obama budget draws fire from agriculture
Agriculture funding is not getting a fair shake in the President’s proposed 2013 budget, according to U.S. farm proponents. In the budget, President Obama proposed slashing agriculture subsidies by $32 billion over the next decade, just as Congress is getting set to create the new U.S. 2012 Farm Bill.  Read more…

 

Taiwan ractopamine issue hampers U.S. pork sales
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), last week educated Congress on Taiwan’s effective ban on meat containing ractopamine, a prohibition that has hampered U.S. pork exports to that nation for the past four years.  Read more…

 

 

 

Weather around the world affecting crop prices
No matter what time of year it is, weather is always a key factor for crop markets. In general, crop prices declined late in 2011, but they rebounded in early 2012. Read more…