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No surge in corn planting…yet

Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace. FULL STORY »

Fewer – but heavier – hogs slaughtered in 2013

The USDA released its annual Livestock Slaughter summary on Monday, showing a slight dip in pork production from 2012 to 2013. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: August vs. October futures pricing

Every year about this time, I begin commenting on preparations for summer heat relief in grow-finish facilities. FULL STORY »

Chef celebrates heart-healthy pork’s diversity

Pork can be a powerful part of a healthy diet and during American Heart Month, the Pork Checkoff teamed with Food Network Star finalist, Chef Judson Allen, to promote pork’s health benefits to African American consumers. FULL STORY »

“Using farmers as educators, not mascots”

When it comes to finding trustworthy sources about food production, 53 percent of Americans view farmers and ranchers as good sources of information, according to the white paper report, “Emerging Faith in Food Production,” by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Cash hog prices sharply lower for second week

USDA Friday announced that they are making PED virus and Swine Delta Coronavirus reportable diseases. This new reporting requirement will make it easier for USDA to track the spread of the PED virus. FULL STORY »

Cargill gives $150,000 to Pork Board for PEDV feed Research

As the first anniversary of confirmation of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the United States nears, the National Pork Board continues to build an arsenal of information based on its nearly $2 million in Pork Checkoff-funded research funded to date. FULL STORY »

Take care now to protect fall harvest

Farmers planting treated seed this spring should clean equipment thoroughly after planting to avoid contaminating their fall harvests. FULL STORY »

Pork exports to Mexico, China drive February exports

U.S. pork exports in February were 420 million pounds, a year-over-year increase of 5.5 percent. For the fourth month in a row, Mexico was the largest buyer of U.S. pork, while exports to Japan were 10 percent lower compared with February 2013. FULL STORY »

Vilsack comments on PEDv reporting

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. FULL STORY »

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. FULL STORY »

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