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Profit tracker: Producer and packer losses continue

Both pork producer and packer margins remain in the red for the week ending Nov. 16. But packers gained back $1.71 per head, while producers gave up another $1.44. FULL STORY »

Swine genome research links importance to human health

The first complete sequence of the pig genome by an international team of researchers, including Iowa State University (Iowa State) animal scientists has provided a genetic comparison of the domesticated pig and its wild cousins and offers clues to how the animal evolved. It also promises to expand the ways pigs are used in human health and medical research FULL STORY »

New Yorkers hunger for food production information

For New Yorkers, food knowledge means social status. According to a new survey of New York area consumers released by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), 54 percent of New Yorkers believe that being knowledgeable about food is a social status symbol. The survey, was released in conjunction with The Food Dialogues: New York. FULL STORY »

Commentary: GMO Inside unfair fighters against GMO foods

Those who lost the California referendum vote to require all food that might contain genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such have been inspired to continue fighting but on a more national scale. FULL STORY »

Policy opinion about catching organic cheats

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month entered into the Federal Register a new rule requiring organizations that certify organic producers to annually test residue on at least 5 percent of organic farms. FULL STORY »

Marginalization of GM crops

California voters defeated Proposition 37, which would have required labeling foods with ingredients from genetically modified (GM) crops. The technology’s opponents however, already limit its use, says Wellesley College political science professor Robert Paarlberg, PhD. FULL STORY »

Food production on right path, but misperceptions remain

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. Released at The Food Dialogues in New York, the survey revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction. However, it also found Americans still have widespread misperceptions about how food is grown and raised. FULL STORY »

What Will 2013 Crop Look Like?

How will the 2012 drought impact 2013 planting intentions around the globe? How will it impact input supply and demand? We got answers from Jeff Holzman, Director of Market Research for PotashCorp. Click on the player above to listen to the interview. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use, resistance calls for “One Health” approach

The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio, is clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities. FULL STORY »

Ag coalition says U.S./EU FTA must include agriculture

While maintaining its support for a free-trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the European Union, a coalition of U.S. food and agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reiterated that any deal must include agriculture and that the EU must address non-tariff trade barriers. FULL STORY »

No-Till Continues to Grow

Sometimes it is hard to imagine that no-till started with 7/10 of an acre in Kentucky in 1962. Like a boulder rolling down hill, it slowly picked up momentum and respect. Now finishing its 50th year, it is practiced on more than 35 percent of the acres devoted to the eight major crops in the U.S., and the momentum continues to build. FULL STORY »

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