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 »

Gypsum spread on farms could keep water clean

Gypsum, which has roots in the past as a farm soil treatment, also may have a bright future, and not just as a booster of crops but also a protector of water. FULL STORY »

Prepare now for post-harvest drying Play video

The nearly ideal weather that has been credited with helping produce an expected record corn crop in Indiana also is yielding concerns that some of the grain will be harvested wetter than normal and require more artificial drying for storage. FULL STORY »

Iowa hog farmers celebrate National Pork Month

October became known as Pork Month because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pig farmers and share their stories with consumers. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: More on swine nutrition

With high soybean meal prices this past month, many nutritionists adapted diets by aggressive use of synthetic amino acids. With cheap soybean meal prices and rising synthetic prices, suddenly we may be going back to corn-soy based diets for our pigs, especially if high synthetic prices limit DDGS inclusion levels. FULL STORY »

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher again

Farrow-to-finish margins pushed higher last week, reaching $60.84 per head the week ending September 26, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Last year at this time, margins were just $4.57 per head. FULL STORY »

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