Russia restricts U.S. pork, beef imports

Meat imports to Russia from producers using ractopamine must be tested and certified free of the feed additive, the country's veterinary regulator said, denying the requirement is a political retaliation. FULL STORY »

Smithfield adjusted profit beats on packaged meats business

Smithfield Foods Inc's second-quarter profit beat estimates as margins rose and volumes grew in its packaged meats business, and the largest U.S. pork and hog producer said it expects the growth to continue for the rest of its fiscal year. FULL STORY »

Losses deepen for pork producers

Pork producer margins declined again last week, although the additional loss was limited to about $1.30 from the week earlier, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. Still mired in red ink, producer margins remain under severe pressure from the effects of high corn prices due to the summer’s drought- the worst since the 1950s. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Producer and packer losses continue

Both pork producer and packer margins remain in the red for the week ending Nov. 16. But packers gained back $1.71 per head, while producers gave up another $1.44. FULL STORY »

New Yorkers hunger for food production information

For New Yorkers, food knowledge means social status. According to a new survey of New York area consumers released by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), 54 percent of New Yorkers believe that being knowledgeable about food is a social status symbol. The survey, was released in conjunction with The Food Dialogues: New York. FULL STORY »

Food production on right path, but misperceptions remain

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. Released at The Food Dialogues in New York, the survey revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction. However, it also found Americans still have widespread misperceptions about how food is grown and raised. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use, resistance calls for “One Health” approach

The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio, is clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities. FULL STORY »

NPB increases promotional funds for 2013

As pork producers struggle with record-high feed prices caused by the worst U.S. drought since the 1950s, the National Pork Board (NPB) has approved domestic and international marketing budgets for Fiscal Year 2013, to help drive pork demand at a critical time. FULL STORY »

Policy opinion about catching organic cheats

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month entered into the Federal Register a new rule requiring organizations that certify organic producers to annually test residue on at least 5 percent of organic farms. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare group releases undercover video from turkey farms

Conveniently timed a little more than a week before Thanksgiving, an animal welfare group has released an undercover video showing alleged animal abuse at several Butterball turkey factory farms. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins took a turn for the worse, dropping $13.96 per head last week compared with the week before. Packer margins continue to gain ground, having nearly doubled from the profits for the previous week. FULL STORY »

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