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Pork Checkoff launches social media blitz

#RealPigFarming, a new social media project from the Pork Checkoff, gives curious consumers an inside look at modern pork production. FULL STORY »

Grains in pig diets may help determine human nutritional needs

Cereal grains are a staple of human diets all over the world. However, cereal grains do not all make the same contributions to the diet, said Hans Stein, a University of Illinois animal sciences professor. FULL STORY »

USFRA looking for next Faces of Farming

When it comes to today’s agriculture, the pictures and perceptions of farmers and ranchers often do not match reality. There are many examples of great farmers and ranchers all over the country doing wonderful things to bring food to the table for those around the world. But few of those farmers and ranchers are recognizable by consumers, mainstream media and influencers. FULL STORY »

USDA offers PEDv reporting instructions, other details

The USDA has followed up with more specifics on how to understand and comply with its Federal Order on June 5 that requires pork producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECDs) that meet the case definition. FULL STORY »

Swine Health Symposium set for July 21

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Pork Association are sponsoring the first ever Missouri Swine Health Symposium, July 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the MU Bradford Research Center. FULL STORY »

Wapello County hog farm named ‘Prettiest Farm in Iowa’

From the neatly kept lawn and lush and colorful landscaping to the playhouses for the kids and custom quilts on each of their hog barns, Ryan and Lana Reed and their three young children go to great lengths to make their rural Ottumwa, Iowa, farm attractive. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins top $110 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins climbed nearly $7 per head last week, reaching $110.25 the week of July 11 compared to $103.81 the previous week, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

How burdensome are corn supplies?

Corn prices have been declining for almost two years following the peak price generated by the very small U.S. crop in 2012. FULL STORY »

Popular Science debunks 10 GMO claims

In the July issue of Popular Science, the magazine tackles the topic of biotechnology and debunks many of the commonly held ideas about genetically modified food. FULL STORY »

Setting the record straight on 'Waters of the U.S.'

There’s been some confusion about EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act, especially in the agriculture community, and we want to make sure you know the facts, recently blogged Nancy Stoner, EPA acting assistant administrator for water. FULL STORY »

Crop Progress report was mostly bearish for the crop markets

The Crop Progress report depressed corn futures Monday night. The condition rating for the U.S. crop rose 1% to 76% good-to-excellent, which is the highest for mid-July since 1999. FULL STORY »

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