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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »