Meatpackers included in U.S. bill for new guest worker visa plan

Meatpackers could hire employees through an agricultural guest worker program for the first time under a visa program proposed by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Red ink deepens for producers

The red ink continues to get deeper for hog producers. Iowa State University's monthly estimate of costs and returns indicate the average Iowa hog was sold at a loss of $41.44 during March. FULL STORY »

D.C. Watch: Congress standoff trigger budget doubts

Senate Republicans blocked efforts by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to appoint members of a Conference Committee that would try to work out a compromise between Senate and House budget proposals. FULL STORY »

Bank survey shows livestock operators rebuilding

Livestock operators are ready to expand business with commercial bank loans for livestock purchases rising to record levels not seen almost a decade. FULL STORY »

Key lawmakers hopeful bipartisan immigration bill will pass

Two authors of a bipartisan bill to revamp immigration laws said on Thursday they are hopeful most Senate Democrats and Republicans will support their White House-backed measure. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The farm bill and ag research

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with several production systems that have made investments in research facilities. All of the systems say having access to within house research has been one of the reasons they feel they can remain competitive and profitable in the business of pork production. FULL STORY »

Endangered Species Act lawsuit dismissed

The U.S. District Court of Northern California granted motions brought by both CropLife America (CLA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismiss the lawsuit Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Retail pork prices down from March 2012

Retail pork prices in March averaged $3.466 per pound, up 2.5 cents from the month before, but down 2.4 cents compared to March 2012. FULL STORY »

Coalition behind U.S. immigration bill may be fragile

The eight senators who crafted comprehensive U.S. legislation to overhaul the immigration system went to great lengths to balance the competing priorities of dozens of interest groups. But many of the favorable comments have been accompanied by caveats and "yes, but" statements that illustrate the vulnerability of the bill, which must survive months of legislative scrutiny. FULL STORY »

Hidden impacts of FMD

Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) result in a range of direct and indirect costs, and public opinion can play a significant role in response and outcomes. Those were key messages as Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, branch chief of program development with the Federal Emergency Management Agency kicked off this week’s FMD Symposium in Louisville, Ky. The symposium, focusing on FMD preparedness, took place in conjunction with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual conference. FULL STORY »

Immigration bill would mandate E-Verify

A summary of immigration reform legislation shows employers would be required to use the E-Verify system and outlines a system by which undocumented agricultural workers could obtain legal status. It also outlines a new guest worker visa program for agricultural jobs. FULL STORY »

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