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 »

D.C. Watch: Senate wading through the farm bill

The Senate worked through amendments proposed to the farm bill. While a lot of amendments will be considered, the final bill is expected to be very similar to the bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee. FULL STORY »

Livestock Slaughter: Pork production up 5 percent from April 2012

According to the USDA's latest "Livestock Slaughter" report, pork production totaled 1.94 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.36 million head, up 6 percent from April 2012. FULL STORY »

Special health claim for this pork Play video

A Canadian pig farmer has earned a health claim for having Omega-3 fatty acids in his pork. FULL STORY »

Drop in U.S. underground water levels has accelerated

Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday. FULL STORY »

White House urges Senate to cut crop insurance in farm bill

The U.S. Senate should cut crop insurance subsidies, the most expensive part of the farm safety net, by $1 billion a year before it passes the new farm bill, the White House said on Monday. FULL STORY »

PEDv confirmed in Iowa, Indiana hog herds

Farms in two of the nation's leading pork producing states have tested positive for the potentially fatal porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), U.S. pork industry veterinarian official said Monday. FULL STORY »

Seven jobs more dangerous than farming

Agriculture may be a dangerous industry, but on the latest ranking of dangerous jobs from Bankrate, Inc., agriculture is overshadowed by seven other risky professions. FULL STORY »

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