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Women are becoming more prominent in agriculture

Women have been becoming more commonplace in agriculture, but the 2012 Census of Agriculture reports that women were the principal operators of only 14% of the more than two million U.S. farms that same year. FULL STORY »

University of Minnesota offers online PEDv course

The University of Minnesota will be offering a PEDv course, “Assessing Biosecurity in the Swine Feed Supply Chain," that will run between Oct. 6 through Oct. 19. FULL STORY »

How much will PEDv affect Friday’s Hogs & Pigs report?

Analysts expect the USDA to lowers its total inventory of hogs and pigs in Friday’s Hogs & Pigs report, largely due to the impacts of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus on the U.S. pig crop this spring and summer. FULL STORY »

EPA inaction on RFS Rule causing an increase in GHG emissions

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued a white paper updating earlier published estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from EPA’s proposal to reduce biofuel use during 2014. FULL STORY »

Stalk and crown rot diseases likely in many fields

Much of the 2014 Nebraska corn crop has experienced repeated and prolonged stress and wounding. While most of the crop looks good, we are beginning to see early evidence of problems developing. FULL STORY »

USDA: Agriculture can adapt to uncertain future productivity

Using the ERS Future Agricultural Resources Model, researchers simulated the world in 2050 assuming productivity growth similar to past trends, and then simulated the world with a lower rate of agricultural productivity (20 percent lower than anticipated) in 2050. FULL STORY »

AFBF releases videos on big-data risks and rewards

The American Farm Bureau Federation released a series of short educational videos to help farmers and ranchers understand the rewards and risks of data-analysis technologies sweeping the agricultural landscape. FULL STORY »

Different distillers grains may change feed rations

Ethanol plants are getting more efficient at extracting fuel from corn, and that can affect the quality of distillers grains, a byproduct of ethanol production often used as an economical feed alternative for hogs and poultry. FULL STORY »

New Spanish-language website showcases pork

Pork’s exceptional flavor and versatility have made it a staple in Hispanic homes. To celebrate Latinos’ passion for pork, the Pork Checkoff has launched PorkTeInspira.com, a new Spanish-language website with social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. FULL STORY »

US Ag Safety and Health Centers celebrate Farm Safety Week

10 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers encourage everyone involved in the agriculture industry to recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27). FULL STORY »

Are we making progress against PEDv?

As the industry readies for the next round with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, one South Dakota State veterinarian looks at how far we’ve come over the last 16 months. FULL STORY »

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