Kansas bill lets counties approve livestock facilities

A bill that would give county commissioners the authority to approve or deny large-scale livestock production systems has passed the Kansas House of Representatives. While the legislation is not exclusive to pork production operations, they generated the main focus during the debate. FULL STORY »

Natural gas prices slump to 10-year low

Energy prices offer the clearest signal that the weather isn't behaving normally, as traders scour forecast screens for a hint of how much heat households and businesses will need in the coming days and weeks. FULL STORY »

U.S. natural gas plunges to 10-year lows

U.S. natural gas plunges to 10-year lows, as record production and mild weather extended seven straight sessions of losses that knocked nearly 20 percent off prices. FULL STORY »

Managing animal mortalities symposium set for May 21-24

The symposium will feature four days of plenary and poster sessions to share information on carcass disposal technology, planning, and policy. FULL STORY »

“Fierce” acreage war ahead for growers

An Australian-born ag economist told American Farm Bureau conference attendees that he anticipates “another fierce acreage-bidding war” this season. FULL STORY »

New technology filters air emissions, reduces energy use

Researchers from North Carolina State University and West Virginia University have developed a new technology that can reduce air emissions from swine barns while reducing energy use by recovering and possibly generating heat. FULL STORY »

Seaboard Foods’ Kansas hog site approved

Seaboard Foods received the “go-ahead” on its plans to build a swine complex that could house up to 144,000 hogs in west-central Kansas. According to reports Seaboard could build up to 120 barns, at 1,000 hogs a barn, an investment estimated at $30 million. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Will 2013 be a good year?

Winter has been late in arriving in Minnesota. How late – yesterday I saw a producer installing plastic drainage tile lines at the Iowa-Minnesota border. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: More swine buildings coming

The spot market for weaned pigs has been at $60/pig for the past 2 weeks, a price pig sellers haven’t seen since last February and early March. FULL STORY »

Upgrade farm security

Every farm, large and small, should consider strategies aimed at reducing farmstead vulnerability to property crime. Here are some ways to improve farm security. FULL STORY »

Composting helps swine farm improve biosecurity

Composting animal mortalities eliminated potential sources of disease outbreaks from Iowa State University swine farms: rendering and fuel trucks. FULL STORY »

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