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Market hog inventories lower

The March 1 inventory of market hogs at 57.048 million head was 3.7 percent lower than a year ago, continuing a run of year-over-year lower inventories beginning in June 1 2013. This is the lowest March level since 2007. FULL STORY »

USDA issues rule for emergency livestock assistance

The USDA issued a rule implementing requirements for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Dear Vilsack: Help pork industry fight PEDv

U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., has joined a growing number of politicians calling for help in fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

Agriculture gives unmanned aerial vehicles a new purpose

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sometimes referred to as “drones,” have found a use beyond the military. According to Rory Paul, founder and CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics, a UAV company, the sky’s the limit for what these devices offer farmers. FULL STORY »

Ag groups applaud small business tax break legislation

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), along with 36 other agricultural organizations, signed onto a letter applauding the House Ways and Means Committee for addressing expired tax provisions. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins still top $100 per head

Farrow-to-finish margins remained above $100 per head the week ending April 11, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Penn State launches online agribusiness degree

Adults working in these sectors who have some college but not a four-year degree, and who need a degree for career advancement, now have a convenient option. FULL STORY »

Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they got it

Even when you think you do a good job of communicating with employees, you don’t really know what they heard unless you ask. FULL STORY »

Think safety first when pumping pits

Although it’s not a common occurrence, even a few reports of flash fires and explosions in hog barns should serve as an good reminder that safety is paramount any time that liquid manure is being agitated and pumped from a holding pit. FULL STORY »

PEDv update: 5,500 cases confirmed across 30 states

According to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, last week, 257 more cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) were confirmed. FULL STORY »

Know young ag leaders? Nominate them for the 40 Under 40 award

For the men and women of the U.S. agricultural industry, producing an increasing amount of food, fiber and energy to meet growing global demands is just the tip of the ice berg. FULL STORY »

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