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 »

Pacific trade pact hindered by secrecy in U.S.-Japan talks

Secrecy about trade negotiations between the United States and Japan is hampering progress on a broader Pacific trade pact, a senior Chilean official said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Generations of improvement

Two things quickly become clear when you meet the Wessling family of Grand Junction, Iowa – family is paramount and innovation is never ending. FULL STORY »

Debunking feed efficiency myths

Iowa State research sheds light on benefits of breeding for feed efficiency. FULL STORY »

The $294 billion question: Do federal conservation dollars work?

Farmers and other conservationists have long understood the negative consequences of soil erosion. Our government has also recognized that it is in the common good to reduce erosion to prevent and mitigate its consequences on water quality. FULL STORY »

Young pig management: Evaluate environment, hydration, nutrition

In addition to quality sow nutrition, young pig management is essential in producing 30 pigs per sow per year. Include in your young pig management plan: strategies for comfort, hydration and nutrition. FULL STORY »

FDA releases report on antimicrobial sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its fourth annual report summarizing the sales and distribution data of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals. FULL STORY »

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