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Food bloggers learn about pork production

Food bloggers got a first-hand look at real-world pork production as part of the Pork Checkoff’s 2012 Sustainability Tour. The result was a positive interaction and a broader increased awareness of modern pork production. FULL STORY »

Water considerations for Kansas’ future

Water usage and rights are becoming increasingly hot issues in today’s conservation-conscious society, only exacerbated by the prolonged drought in the Midwest. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback reiterated the importance of water conservation at the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. FULL STORY »

Invading weeds are met by an offense of plant-eating insects

What is the best course of action when an invading noxious weed threatens to attack crop yields and assault grazing land? The stem-mining weevil may be the answer. FULL STORY »

California GMO measure may fail after food industry fights back

Major food and seed companies appear to be on the verge of defeating a California ballot initiative that, if passed on Tuesday, would create the first labeling requirement for genetically modified foods in the United States. FULL STORY »

Two economist highlights from ASFMRA

The 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), which also included the Agronomics—Vision 2013, more than anything else included a program of economists providing differing views and various outlooks for land values, U.S. grain marketing and world economies. FULL STORY »

The biofuels era: A changing of the guard?

Although ethanol has garnered nearly all of the headlines in recent years, its role as the leading driver of crop prices may be nearing an end. FULL STORY »

Oil down near $105 on Sandy, dollar strength

Oil prices slipped to around $105 a barrel on Monday, weighed down by a strong dollar and demand destruction after Superstorm Sandy, while investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. FULL STORY »

Choosing corn hybrids with diverse genetics

Diversity is an important strategy to mitigate risk. In corn production, this means choosing diverse hybrid genetics to hedge against weather, disease or pest-related risks that might affect any particular product. FULL STORY »

NJSA regional youth conference, Dec. 1

The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) Regional Youth Leadership Conference will take place on Dec. 1, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and the registration deadline is Nov. 9. FULL STORY »

Maple Leaf to purchase Puratone

Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods has moved to acquire the Puratone Corp., the third-largest hog production company in Manitoba. The transaction is reported at $42 million, including livestock, facilities and interests in some joint ventures. FULL STORY »

Seed prices going up, but so will revenues

Farmers will pay significantly more for the seed planted in 2013 but they will make up for it with higher returns on their investment, predicts a Purdue University agricultural economist. FULL STORY »

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