Recent PEDv surge may bode ill for 2014 hog supplies

Late summer and early fall hog slaughter fell well below expectations based upon recent USDA Hogs & Pigs reports, thereby playing a major role in boosting swine and pork prices to record highs for this time of year. FULL STORY »

Undercover hog farm video leads to animal abuse allegations

The animal rights group Mercy for Animals released an undercover video on Tuesday, alleging animal abuse at a hog farm and Wal-mart pork supplier in Pipestone, Minn. FULL STORY »

PEDv on the rise in No. 2 hog state North Carolina

After laying dormant during the hot summer weather, the onset of cooler fall temperatures has increased the spread of a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) in North Carolina, the second-biggest hog producer, a state agriculture official said. FULL STORY »

Scientists trace PEDv to China

A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. FULL STORY »

Secretary Vilsack: Why I’m proud of our USDA employees

USDA employees across the country and around the world do critical work that impacts millions of lives. I am proud of our employees for many reasons, and I want to share just a few of their great accomplishments under the Obama Administration. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: SNAP divides House, Senate versions of farm bill

Congress finally passed a bill that reopened the government, at least temporarily, and raised the debt ceiling enough to allow the government to pay its bills for a few months. FULL STORY »

Federal shutdown forces Cargill, Smithfield to change hog pricing

U.S. meat packers Smithfield Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. said they will change the methods they use to determine what price to pay for hogs on Monday because of the partial U.S. government shutdown. FULL STORY »

Shutdown is sand in the gears for key USDA crop report

The U.S. government shutdown has thwarted the formulation of the monthly USDA crop production report, sidelining the Department of Agriculture's corps of enumerators and almost certainly delaying the report due for release on Oct. 11. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff sponsors Safe Pork 2013

Researchers are meeting in Portland, Maine this week to focus on strategies to keep pork safe. The biennial conference attracts an international audience to discuss pork safety from farm to processor. FULL STORY »

Researcher develops innovative vaccine for PRRS

An Ohio State University researcher has created a unique vaccine to protect swine from porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a viral disease that causes direct losses to U.S. swine producers to the tune of $664 million a year. FULL STORY »

Fla. court orders state to pay former pork producer

A Florida appeals court sided with a former pork producer last week, and now the state has to pay up. FULL STORY »

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