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 »

Brumm Speaks Out: PED virus and biosecurity

By now most readers of this blog, at least in the US, have read about the spread of PED virus in the Midwest swine industry. FULL STORY »

New smartphone app keeps farmers, ranchers in the know

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln smartphone app helps agricultural producers track key temperatures. FULL STORY »

Hog profits return but delayed planting keeps producers wary

Hog production has returned to profitability as hog prices rallied from the mid-$50s per live hundredweight in March to the low $70s today. FULL STORY »

25th World Pork Expo presents new exhibits, record junior show

Nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry representatives from 39 countries will be in Des Moines, June 5-7, for the 2013 World Pork Expo. FULL STORY »

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