Brumm Speaks Out: The changing face of rural communities

In the past few weeks I’ve put on quite a few miles as I’ve worked with producers and production systems across the upper Midwest. With so much road time I’ve had a chance to think about the importance of pork production as an opportunity for youth to return to the farm. FULL STORY »

Battle over U.S. immigration bill starts in Congress

The U.S. Congress this week opens its first debate in six years on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, testing whether business and labor groups can hold together on a delicately crafted deal that already is under attack. FULL STORY »

U.S. think tank says immigrant amnesty would worsen deficits

Granting legal status to 11 million undocumented foreigners living in the United States would significantly add to government budget deficits, according to a study released on Monday by the conservative Heritage Foundation. FULL STORY »

Farmers consider using drones on crops

While most headlines about unmanned aircrafts and farms have involved animal rights groups, universities and businesses are experimenting with ways drones can be used to a farmer’s advantage. FULL STORY »

Protect people, pigs during the upcoming show season

Vaccinating your pigs for swine influenza can decrease the spread of the disease. FULL STORY »

Lawmakers struggle over guest workers in U.S. immigration bill

As the Senate gets ready to debate the details of a broad U.S. immigration bill, a group of House of Representatives lawmakers is still struggling to write its own legislation, hung up in part over guest worker programs sought by businesses. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Corn planting falls behind

Corn planting is falling far behind average. As of April 28, 5 percent of corn acres were planted compared to 49 percent a year ago and a 5-year average of 31 percent planted by April 28. FULL STORY »

GM crops aid farmers, citizens and the environment, study says

The use of crop biotechnology has increased farmers' income while producing an additional 110 million tons of soybeans and 195 million tons of corn from 1996 to 2011, according to research from U.K.-based PG Economics. FULL STORY »

Congress to address farm bill, animal health legislation in May

Congress returns from recess on May 6 and several issues affecting cattle producers will be on the agenda. FULL STORY »

U.S. proposes WTO farm trade talks aimed at added food security

The United States said on Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization's upcoming meeting in December. FULL STORY »

Meatpackers included in U.S. bill for new guest worker visa plan

Meatpackers could hire employees through an agricultural guest worker program for the first time under a visa program proposed by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday. FULL STORY »

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