USMEF: U.S. pork exports to Mexico slip

Through the first two months of this year, U.S. pork exports to Mexico slipped 13 percent in volume (98,237 metric tons) and 12 percent in value ($183.4 million) from the record pace of 2012. FULL STORY »

Group distorts resistance data to blame farmers

Just days after the release of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that medical doctors annually are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 80 percent of Americans, a group today is set to issue its own report, claiming that antibiotics use in food animals is the main cause for people developing antibiotic-resistant diseases. FULL STORY »

Jolley: HSUS hangs Wyoming Premium Farms

Yup, they strung ‘em up from the nearest tree. Left them slowly twisting in the wind. The trial will be held later, but this hanging was done just to save some time. Wyoming Premium Farms was already found guilty in a kangaroo court. Judge Roy Bean presided. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: USDA discontinues daily pork cutout calculations

On Friday USDA-AMS discontinued their daily pork cutout calculation based on voluntary price reporting. Since April 1 when the mandatory wholesale price reports became available on a timely basis, the number of voluntary reports received by USDA has become too low to continue the series. FULL STORY »

U.S. senators aim to unveil immigration bill Tuesday

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators aims to roll out a comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday, giving President Barack Obama new hope that one of his top priorities for 2013 will advance in Congress. FULL STORY »

World food plentiful, but politics and policies interfere

The world is producing plenty of food, but inappropriate policies and poor management create major obstacles to feeding a growing population, according to Cornell University professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen. FULL STORY »

Is the tide turning for the Plains drought?

April showers don’t just bring May flowers – they also bring welcomed relief to replenish soil left parched by the relentless drought. Is this wetter weather pattern here to stay? FULL STORY »

Obama’s budget proposal would fund NBAF

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget sent to Congress Wednesday, includes $714 million to build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) near Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

RFS Reform Act proposal would eliminate biofuels mandate

Congressmen introduce legislation that would ease what they believe are the impacts of the ethanol mandate, gaining approval from livestock groups. Opponents claim gutting the RFS is "circular logic" that benefits the oil industry. FULL STORY »

NPPC, NCBA urge Congress to reform biofuels mandate

Following an announcement by House lawmakers that they will introduce legislation to address issues with the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged Congress to reform the biofuels mandate. FULL STORY »

Pig Connect website brings producers together

If you’re a pig farmer, a new website developed by University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension’s Swine Team can be your resource to finding animals or items you need. FULL STORY »

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