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 »

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 »

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