Senate, House Ag Committees take action

The Senate and House Agriculture committees were busy last week, taking action on nominees for the CFTC and reauthorizing the Commission. FULL STORY »

Succession planning workshops scheduled

The American Soybean Association will hold regional succession planning workshops for farmers to help them ensure a successful transition to the next generation. FULL STORY »

Senators seek disaster assistance for pork producers

Senator Hagan and Chairwoman Stabenow press USDA to utilize livestock disaster assistance programs in the 2014 Farm Bill to help producers cope with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). FULL STORY »

SEC files fraud charges against AgFeed

AgFeed Industries Inc. has been charged with conducting a massive accounting fraud, in which they repeatedly reported fake revenues. FULL STORY »

NPPC elects officers

The National Pork Producers Council elects Dr. Howard Hill, Dr. Ron Prestage and John Weber to leadership posts at the National Pork Forum last week. FULL STORY »

Indiana passes ag property trespass law

No "ag-gag" in these laws, but Indiana livestock producers now have some strong protection against trespassers, if Governor Pence signs it into law. FULL STORY »

Family farm or corporate farm – which is it?

Do you know the difference between a family farm and a corporate farm? Common Ground posed that question in a recent blog post. See the answer here. FULL STORY »

Preventing roof collapses from snow on agricultural buildings

The recent snowstorm left large amounts of snow and ice on agricultural building roofs. The extended cold temperatures prevent snow and ice from sliding off, which increases the total weight that trusses and rafters must support. FULL STORY »

Senate passes farm bill

With the passage of the farm bill by the Senate today, the American Soybean Association calls for President Obama to sign it into law quickly. FULL STORY »

The Tyson letter - what does it mean?

Thoughtful, important response to the recent Tyson letter encourages a producer call-to-action. It's a valuable message. FULL STORY »

Here are top trends likely to impact producers

Economists tell the Pork Board's strategic planning task force that while consumption is up, the environment, food safety and animal welfare are likely to remain top issues in the future. FULL STORY »

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