Copra meal in pig diets reduces use of inorganic phosphates

Copra meal, a co-product of the production of coconut oil, and palm kernel co-products are used in many tropical countries as the main protein source in swine diets. These products are also a source of phosphorus, which is required to ensure proper bone growth, optimal growth performance, and for a number of other physiological functions in growing pigs. FULL STORY »

Prevent early culling by preventing sow lameness

Feeding complexed zinc, manganese and copper can help promote culling by choice rather than by necessity. FULL STORY »

Persistence pays off for young Iowa pig farmer

Lucas and Krista Tjelmeland stood and cheerfully greeted everyone who walked through the door of their 3,600-head swine finishing barn. The couple opened their new facility northwest of Nevada to public inspection last night with a sense of pride and accomplishment. FULL STORY »

Olson: Picking corn, then and now

Harvesting corn 60 years ago was a completely different task than it is today, thanks to better genetics, improved equipment and valuable technology. Read about how farmers used to harvest corn “back in the day.” FULL STORY »

Jolley: Has the king of meats forfeited its crown?

On October 23, the American Farm Bureau's Newsline ran a story that suggests a slight but significant change in American meat consumption is about to take place. FULL STORY »

Fall tests for nematodes help keep crops healthy

Soil-dwelling nematodes cannot be seen with the naked eye, but the damage they do to crops shows up in dollar signs. FULL STORY »

The World Series of ag: What inning is your business in?

Late October. The daylight hours are shorter, the nights are crisp and the World Series is in full swing. That had me thinking: What would the crop and livestock sectors look like if the production ag business were a baseball game? FULL STORY »

Prevent insects from infesting stored grain

As corn yields exceed commercial storage space, farmers will likely store some of this year’s crop in on-farm bins and in unconventional ways. FULL STORY »

Goodwill Ambassadors for Family Farming recognized

Robert L. Carlson, former president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), and Gerd Sonnleitner have been recognised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as Goodwill Ambassadors for Family Farming. FULL STORY »

Mandatory COOL: Still detrimental to trade, no easy solution

On the heels of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) latest ruling on U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), debate on both sides of the issue continues. FULL STORY »

Bringing home the bacon: Celebrating National Pork Month

October is National Pork Month: is there a better way to celebrate than by enjoying your favorite, wholesome pork foods now and all year round? Though summer has given way to fall, there is still plenty of time for tailgates and fall cookouts to feast on sausages, ham or add bacon to any sandwich. FULL STORY »

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