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 »

Did Carrie Underwood sway Tenn. ‘ag gag’ veto?

Country music star Carrie Underwood made news when she tweeted against a so-called ‘ag gag’ bill in Tennessee, but did her influence go beyond Twitter? FULL STORY »

Actor Ryan Gosling ventures into activist territory

First it was dairy dehorning, and now it is gestation crates. Actor-turned-activist Ryan Gosling recently asked Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council to close a “dangerous” loophole to prohibit the pork industry from using gestation crates. FULL STORY »

Farm bill: Now what?

What just happened on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives? For many, including some Members, the unthinkable happened when only 171 Republicans and 24 Democrats voted to support the House version of the Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

House rejects farm bill

Bipartisan opposition of the farm bill led to its defeat in the House on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Are drones protected by the First Amendment?

As more states move to limit private drone use, legal experts question whether this move could infringe on First Amendment rights. FULL STORY »

Buckle your seatbelt for the House consideration of the farm bill

The farm bill had a cakewalk through the Senate two weeks ago. Now it is swimming in a swamp infested with crocodiles as it tries to survive in the House of Representatives. FULL STORY »

Big investor urges Smithfield breakup over buyout

Starboard Value LP revealed a major stake in Smithfield Foods Inc on Monday and urged the world's largest pork producer to explore a breakup rather than go ahead with a planned $4.7 billion takeover by Chinese meat company Shuanghui International. FULL STORY »

NIAA releases white paper on FMD preparedness

Back in April, the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) hosted a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) Symposium titled "Fostering a New Preparedness Paradigm: Facilitating a Conversation among Public and Private Sector Stakeholders." The symposium brought together FMD experts from government, industry and academia to discuss the latest science, historical lessons and options available to prepare for or respond to an outbreak in the United States. FULL STORY »

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