Just how big is the 2014 corn crop? USDA sees record harvest

Cool, ideal summer weather set high expectations for the country’s corn crop, and the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report shows just how much the crop benefited. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Genius comes at a price

It’s comes as a shock whenever some celebrity is suddenly found dead. We instinctively ask, ‘How could someone who has it all want to end it all?’ I humbly offer a partial explanation. FULL STORY »

Think about people first

Don’t forget that everything done for a pig is done by a person. A unique, thorough training program FULL STORY »

Senate Finance hearing on U.S.-Korea FTA implementation

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) submitted comments on the importance of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) to the U.S. pork industry. FULL STORY »

FDA finds positive and negative resistance trends

The Food and Drug Administration released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report this week, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends. FULL STORY »

Corn crop still on track for a banner year

Thanks to cooler summer weather, corn conditions remain the best seen since 2004. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Facility upkeep thoughts

In the past 2 weeks I’ve been on a number of farms for several clients reviewing ventilation systems along with feeder and drinker needs for wean-finish flows. FULL STORY »

Olson: Market hogs are heavier, but leaner than ever

Linden Olson remembers when market hogs had to meet minimum carcass standards (adjusted to 230 lbs.) of 29.5 inches in length, 3.5 square inches of loin eye and no more than 1.6 inches of backfat – a far cry from today’s standards. FULL STORY »

APHIS proposes Veterinary Services business plans

APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) has developed five-year business plans to outline the priorities, objectives, strategies, and field activities for each of the animal commodity groups in the VS budget line items: cattle, avian, swine, aquaculture, sheep and goat, equine, and cervid health. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Pig passion starts young

Take a look at the next generation of passionate pork producers. FULL STORY »

Don’t ignore public perception of livestock euthanasia

Euthanasia is an uncomfortable and unfortunate reality of livestock production; however, a critical part of both veterinary medicine and livestock handling is to determine when euthanasia is necessary and how to do it humanely. FULL STORY »

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