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Livestock Slaughter: Pork production up 4% from February 2013

Pork production totaled 1.84 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.67 million head, up 1 percent from February 2013. The average live weight was up 6 pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds. FULL STORY »

Fat freed?

Everyone knows saturated fats lead to cardiovascular disease. However, a major research review getting media attention this week provides further evidence everyone just might be wrong. FULL STORY »

Local farmers create device to combat wire theft

System notifies owners when wires cut, electrical system compromised FULL STORY »

Purdue uncovers farmer buying attitudes, behaviors

The Large Commercial Producer (LCP) Survey, conducted every five years by the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, explores the current concerns, preferences, behaviors and attitudes of U.S. farmers and ranchers. This year’s survey features results from nearly 1,700 producers. FULL STORY »

Study looks at calcium in canola meal as part of pig diet

When formulating diets for pigs, it is more accurate to use values for standardized or true nutrient digestibility than values for apparent nutrient digestibility because the former are additive in mixed diets. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Water use in grow-finish facilities

In Kansas, Seaboard Farms has received state regulatory approval to expand the number of pigs at the grow-finish sites. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bugs vs. beef

To meet the challenge of providing nourishment to a global population likely to surpass nine billion by mid-century, there’s an intriguing new proposal: Grow and eat insects. Seriously. FULL STORY »

Thermo Fisher Scientific acquires Prionics AG

This week, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced it has completed the acquisition of Prionics AG, a privately held animal health diagnostics company. FULL STORY »

January pork exports higher in 2014

January 2014 exports were 442 million pounds, 4.5 percent ahead of January of last year. For the third month in a row, Mexico was the largest foreign destination for U.S. pork products in January. FULL STORY »

Guides to understanding the farm bill

To help farmers and ranchers understand the new provisions in the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has outlined the information in a fact sheet. FULL STORY »

Former CME hog futures clerk convicted in $200,000 fraud case

A former clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was convicted of commodities fraud for manipulating trades in the lean hog futures market to earn more than $200,000, federal law enforcement officials said on Monday. FULL STORY »

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