Commentary: Butter’s back, baby

But although new research exonerates the consumption of saturated fats in meat and dairy, the self-styled nutritional gurus at Harvard just can’t bring themselves to acknowledge the obvious. FULL STORY »

OIE confirms porcine plasma products not source of PEDv

Research is ongoing to uncover the source of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus and how it made its way into American hog herds; however, this week, the World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that pig blood products such as dried plasma are not likely a source of the disease provided good manufacturing and biosecurity standards are followed. FULL STORY »

EPA extends water rule comment period to after midterm elections

Amid increasing opposition from agriculture and other industry groups, and from another agency in the Obama Administration, and with less than one month to go before the midterm congressional elections that could result a shift of power in the Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would push back the deadline to submit comments on its proposed rule to redefine “waters of the United States” until November 14. FULL STORY »

Pork Board among best companies for employee financial security

The National Pork Board's outstanding commitment to its employees' financial and physical wellness has earned the distinction of being one of the best. FULL STORY »

U.S. foods labeled 'natural' often contain GMOs, group reports

A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group. FULL STORY »

100 billion and counting…feed from biotech crops is safe

The debate continues to swirl about the safety of livestock feed from genetically-modified crops, but a review of scientific literature on the performance and health of animals consuming genetically-modified feed shows no difference between feed containing GE ingredients and that which does not. FULL STORY »

Pork packer margins still slipping

Packer margins continued to slide last week. Packers lost $59.38 per head last week, compared to $38.95 the previous week. FULL STORY »

Miner Institute: Consumers are confused and Google isn't helping

In a recent conversation with a member of the non-farming community I was asked: Why do dairy farmers store manure under white plastic covered in tires? FULL STORY »

Challenges to safely store record soybean, corn production

Current predictions from USDA/NASS for corn and soybean production in Missouri in 2014 is 562.8 and 259.9 million bushels. If realized, those would be record production levels for both crops. FULL STORY »

Remember to get a flu shot this fall

In anticipation of this flu season, the Pork Checkoff is reminding producers, farm personnel, veterinarians and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

Social media: Good or bad for agriculture?

The solution to my writer’s block was to use the very tool I write about: social media. Sometimes I sit down to write this column and find my fingers have no words in them. Inspiration isn’t usually hard to find, but when it is, I find writer’s block tends to be cured by a cold beer, or two. FULL STORY »

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