Add Cracker Barrel to the list

On Thursday, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store joined the growing list of food companies that want their pork supplies to come from systems that do not use gestation-sow stalls. The restaurant chain announced that it will begin formulating plans to source its pork from such operations. FULL STORY »

Senate farm bill receives egg-housing amendment

While legislation proposed to set federal standards for egg-laying hens had found its way into the U.S. House and Senate, the issue moved to the 2012 Farm Bill debate this week as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., offered the egg-housing amendment on the Senate side. FULL STORY »

USFRA takes Food Dialogues to L.A.

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will head to California on June 20-21, with its Food Dialogues event entitled, “Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America.” FULL STORY »

Antibiotic changes, an important topic at WPX

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) goal is for food-animal producers to “use less antibiotics,” says Liz Wagstrom, the National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) chief veterinarian. As a result, FDA released its Guidance 209 in late April. The antibiotic issue was one of many discussed last week at World Pork Expo (WPX) in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

New coalition targets food affordability and more

A new coalition—Keep Food Affordable—is working to bring consumers, farmers and food security organizations together for a common cause. The effort is focused on keeping food safe, affordable and available for all Americans. FULL STORY »

NPPC focuses on trade challenges

The future of the pork industry, and of U.S. pork producers, depends on maintaining free and fair trade with international markets. Challenges remain, however, in opening new export markets and maintaining export levels with trading partners. FULL STORY »

Sow housing costs from a lenders’ perspective

Speaking from a lender’s perspective, Mark Greenwood, senior vice president AgStar Financial Services, pointed out there are concerns regarding financing, costs and return on investment associated with converting gestation-sow housing from stalls to a group system. FULL STORY »

NPPC responds to food companies’ sow housing decisions

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a statement in reaction to retailers’ decision regarding gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Kroger turns up the heat on gestation housing

The United States’ No. 1 traditional grocery chain, Kroger Co., has announced its commitment to sourcing pork from suppliers that eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

WPX features top swine genetics

Whether you’re in the market for seedstock or want to check out some of the young pork leaders who will direct pork industry in the future, the 2012 World Pork Expo (WPX) has a special opportunity for you. FULL STORY »

HSUS files SEC complaint; Tyson responds

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has filed a legal complaint with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) asserting that Tyson Foods is making deceptive public statements related to animal well-being. Tyson officials report that they have not seen nor been informed of any such filing. FULL STORY »

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