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Watch for illegally compounded animal drugs

In the wake of recent horse deaths following treatment with compounded drugs, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) is warning veterinarians to avoid these products and be cognizant of the risks and potential liability they present. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Pushing vegan fairy tales

Abandoning humanity’s traditional dietary choices in favor of salads and soy protein is a construct lost of born-again veggie believers embrace. But a credentialed scientist? Please. FULL STORY »

Consumers less willing to pay for high-priced protein

After jumping in the month of June, consumer willingness-to-pay for beef, pork and poultry products dropped in July but remains higher to this time last year, according to the latest Food Demand Survey from Oklahoma State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. FULL STORY »

Why an online presence matters for pork

When you’re unsure of a company name you’ve heard, do you still go to the phone book for clarity? For most of America, the answer is no longer the yellow pages; we go online to search for a company’s presence. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Pushing a ‘Right to Farm’

Enshrining a right to farm in a state constitution might seem silly. However, given the fierce opposition from anti-industry activists, it may be a necessity. But doing so creates some real risks. FULL STORY »

Iowa State research sheds light on feed efficiency in pigs

Research conducted at Iowa State University is dispelling myths about the practice of breeding pigs to improve feed efficiency, a measurement of how well swine convert the feed they consume into mass. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff launches social media blitz

#RealPigFarming, a new social media project from the Pork Checkoff, gives curious consumers an inside look at modern pork production. FULL STORY »

Grains in pig diets may help determine human nutritional needs

Cereal grains are a staple of human diets all over the world. However, cereal grains do not all make the same contributions to the diet, said Hans Stein, a University of Illinois animal sciences professor. FULL STORY »

USDA offers PEDv reporting instructions, other details

The USDA has followed up with more specifics on how to understand and comply with its Federal Order on June 5 that requires pork producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), Porcine Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECDs) that meet the case definition. FULL STORY »

Wapello County hog farm named ‘Prettiest Farm in Iowa’

From the neatly kept lawn and lush and colorful landscaping to the playhouses for the kids and custom quilts on each of their hog barns, Ryan and Lana Reed and their three young children go to great lengths to make their rural Ottumwa, Iowa, farm attractive. FULL STORY »

Popular Science debunks 10 GMO claims

In the July issue of Popular Science, the magazine tackles the topic of biotechnology and debunks many of the commonly held ideas about genetically modified food. FULL STORY »

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