Farm bill headed for lame duck session?
As the House of Representatives puts off a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill, Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation, senior director of Congressional relations, says the outcome is very hard to predict. Further, there is no guarantee that the farm bill will be brought up in a lame duck session. FULL STORY »
New commercial planned for ‘Pork. Be inspired’ campaign
The National Pork Board (NPB) has approved funding for production of a new television commercial for its ‘Pork. Be Inspired’ advertising campaign. Production for the commercial is set to begin this fall. FULL STORY »
South Korea receives 12 million doses of FMD vaccine
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announced that it has shipped 12 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine to South Korea to assist in the country’s efforts to halt the ongoing FMD outbreak. Although the country is gaining ground on controlling the FMD epidemic, the vaccines will be used to further quash the disease from spreading. FULL STORY »
Montana senator objects to South Korean trade deal
Pork producers’ long-awaited final approval of the South Korea free-trade agreement may have hit another snag. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman, is siding with cattle ranchers from his home state in opposition to the South Korean Free Trade agreement, according to the Washington Post. Baucus could hinder President Obama's efforts to win quick approval of the pact. FULL STORY »
Create social media "crop circles"
I’m not suggesting you use your fancy GPS technology to make an elaborate crop circle hoax. What we need, in the agri-social media world, are metaphorical crop circles. FULL STORY »
The misunderstood truth about modern production
It is devastating to know that a farm down the road in the same company that I work for was videotaped unknowingly. Consumers need to know the facts about production. FULL STORY »
Olthoff: Be real. It works (even at the Food Dialogues)
It's important to be authentic and open when talking with everyone - especially non-farm consumers. Here's what I learned by participating in the recent Food Dialogues. FULL STORY »
Pew staff members sent me a message after my last blog post, and copies of letters that the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production had sent to two animal industry organizations. You'll appreciate this review of those letters. FULL STORY »
Penning Pigs: China Summit showcases danger/opportunity
China is on the move, especially when it comes to food and feed. I was in Beijing attending a meeting last week and here is the first of several posts on what I learned while there. FULL STORY »
- Ukraine's importance in major grain, oilseed global trade
- Preventing PEDv: Take another look at biosecurity and nutrition
- Hog prices take off, probably due to PEDv
- North Dakota latest state to confirm case of PEDv
- PEDv has little impact on international pork market access
- Russia needs more guarantees to allow U.S. pork imports
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