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 »

Arson charges brought after Ill. hog barn burns

A fire at a farm in Crawford County, Ill., killed an unknown number of hogs valued at more than $300,000 last week, and now authorities have arrested man in connection with the fire. FULL STORY »

Survey reveals most Americans in favor of COOL

A survey by the Consumer Federation of America shows 90 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring companies to list the origin of the fresh meat they sell on the label. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: I’m not cut out for the urban life

This week’s blog is being written in the MSP airport. Storms shut down all departures and landings for over 1 hour so all flights the remainder of the evening are messed up, including mine. The good news – more moisture for the upper midwest to further push back the drought boundries. FULL STORY »

USDA says has detected virus in Iowa hog population

USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories has detected porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), a virus associated with outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting, in the Iowa hog population, a USDA spokesman said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Retail prices up 2.4 percent over the last 2 years

The average price of pork in grocery stores during April was $3.458 per pound. That was down 0.8 cents from March and down 0.1 cents from April 2012. FULL STORY »

Canada to target U.S. products in meat labels dispute

Canada will put forward a list of U.S. products that it will target in retaliation over a dispute with its largest trading partner about country of origin labels on meat, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Survey shows farm income, spending rose in first quarter

While first quarter 2013 farm income and capital spending were higher than expected across the Midwest and Mid-South than first quarter 2012, agricultural lenders remained cautious in their expectations for the year ahead amid risks posed by ongoing weakness in the U.S. economy and higher producer input costs, according to the latest Agricultural Finance Monitor published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FULL STORY »

Illinois River at damaged lock may reopen late Tuesday

A northern stretch of the Illinois River that has been closed since Saturday for emergency lock repair work may reopen to commercial navigation as soon as Tuesday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers said. FULL STORY »

Senate panel approves farm bill that expands crop insurance

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a $500 billion farm bill on Tuesday that would expand spending on the federally subsidized crop insurance program by 10 percent and trim spending slightly on food stamps for the poor. FULL STORY »

Crop insurance expands, costs grow in latest farm bills

The federally subsidized crop insurance program, the costliest part of the U.S. farm safety net, would spin off at least three new types of coverage and could cost 10 percent more under draft farm bills pending in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. FULL STORY »

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