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 »

D.C. Watch: Congress standoff trigger budget doubts

Senate Republicans blocked efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to appoint members of a Conference Committee that would try to work out a compromise between Senate and House budget proposals. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Red ink deepens for producers

The red ink continues to get deeper for hog producers. Iowa State University's monthly estimate of costs and returns indicate the average Iowa hog was sold at a loss of $41.44 during March. FULL STORY »

Bank survey shows livestock operators rebuilding

Livestock operators are ready to expand business with commercial bank loans for livestock purchases rising to record levels not seen almost a decade. FULL STORY »

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