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 »

Effects of merger on U.S. pork industry not yet known Play video

The full impact on the U.S. pork industry of a merger between Smithfield Foods - the world's largest pork producer - and Chinese firm Shuanghui are not yet known, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. FULL STORY »

Farm bill amendment would control EPA list distribution

An amendment to the farm bill currently in the Senate’s hands would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from distributing the names of farmers and ranchers to activists groups against the agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Pork industry hunts for deadly pig virus

The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs - one never before seen in North America - is raising questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply. FULL STORY »

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea: Don’t bring it home

Swine herds have no immunity to new virus – Strict biosecurity is best method for prevention and control of PED. FULL STORY »

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