IPPA to update hog farmers on swine health management issues

The Iowa Pork Producers Association, in cooperation with the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach, has developed a new series of conferences for hog farmers in response to current swine health issues impacting the industry. FULL STORY »

Guest commentary: Grow rural economy with energy efficiency

Kate Farley says there is more to the Farm Bill than crop subsidies and food stamps. She is a research assistant at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and this post originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog. FULL STORY »

Farmers encouraged to seek water quality initiative funding

The Iowa Soybean Association encourages farmers to apply for state cost-share assistance for practices that will reduce nutrient runoff and achieve goals set in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff creates research synergy

America’s pork producers invest millions of dollars through their Pork Checkoff each year, but these dollars don’t work alone. FULL STORY »

Kan. pork producers partner with home economics classes

Thanks to the Kansas Pork Association’s “Pork in the Classroom” program, students enjoy pork preparation as a part of their education. FULL STORY »

Sirangelo to lead National 4-H Council

Jennifer Sirangelo is named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National 4-H Council; Donald T Floyd, Jr. is retiring after 22 years with the organization. FULL STORY »

Assessing the future of agriculture

A recent Focus on Agriculture column by Stewart Truelsen addressed viewpoints of agriculture from past to present, zooming in on how a 150-year time difference has not changed how people think—farmers and the industry are rich. FULL STORY »

National Pork Board sees increase in summer pork sales

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that June 2013 frozen pork supplies are down 14 percent from the previous month, and down nearly 5 percent on a year-over-year basis, reflecting higher demand for pork. FULL STORY »

Election results show Japan’s support for TPP

In a signal of support for the country’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, voters in Japan backed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by returning his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power in the House of Councillors of the National Diet. Abe strongly supports the TPP. FULL STORY »

NPPC praises Gov. Christie for supporting farmers

America’s hog farmers and the National Pork Producers Council today thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for vetoing legislation that would have banned the use of individual maternity pens for pregnant sows. FULL STORY »

NPPC thanks New York legislature for supporting farmers

The New York Pork Producers, the National Pork Producers Council and America’s hog farmers today hailed the New York Legislature for not approving ill-advised legislation banning the use of individual maternity pens pregnant for sows. FULL STORY »

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