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Take necessary precautions when hauling manure

The presence of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in South Dakota and region requires producers, manure haulers and land owners to cooperatively work together to reduce the risk of disease spread during the manure application season. FULL STORY »

Drought-weary California faces brutal wildfire season

Recent downpours fell far short of pulling California out of drought, and as if the drought didn’t offer enough headaches, a meager snowpack and an already busy wildfire season adds to the gloomy outlook. FULL STORY »

Searching for 40 Under 40 Award nominations

Vance Agribusiness Group is looking for those persons to present the agricultural industry’s second annual 40 Under 40 Award to recognize individuals making a significant contribution to America’s agricultural production and food systems. FULL STORY »

Iowa farmland prices fall more than 5 percent

Farmland values in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, fell 5.4 percent over the past six months, under pressure from lower grain prices, according to a benchmark survey of realtors. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: So you’re building a new barn

While the number of pigs in barns and marketed this summer will be reduced because of PEDv, this hasn’t stopped the construction industry. FULL STORY »

PEDv to impact production, prices in 2014

Even though porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first found in the U.S. last April, the disease has caused losses in swine herds nationwide and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014, according to swine experts at Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

3,500 piglets die in Big Sky Farms fire

Thousands of piglets were killed in a massive fire at Canada’s second-largest hog producer. FULL STORY »

Precaution or paralysis

Excessive caution and risk aversion could stifle critical innovation in agriculture, just as the world needs more efficient food production to keep up with explosive population growth. That was the theme of last week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual conference in Omaha. The conference theme focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” a philosophy based on “better safe than sorry,” but with more teeth and less flexibility, as several governments around the world have adopted it as policy. FULL STORY »

‘It’s easier to bury a tradition than a child’

One national organization is hoping a blunt and controversial campaign will catch the attention of the nation’s farming families to keep kids away from tractors. FULL STORY »

NRCS updated site helps meet conservation needs of modern farmers

The website of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has been evolving to keep pace with the needs of today’s farmer, says NRCS Webmaster Elisa O'Halloran. FULL STORY »

The importance of immunoglobulin A

Immunoglobulins in colostrum may not be a topic swine producers have thought about much in the past, but with the outbreak of PEDv, it has become a very important topic. FULL STORY »

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