Consumers thank America’s farmers, learn about ag Play video

The America’s Farmers campaign took to the streets of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago to see just how much people knew about agriculture. The results may be surprising. FULL STORY »

U.S. loosens rules aimed at healthier school meals

U.S. regulators are relaxing school meal rules aimed at reining in calories and portion sizes after some students, parents and lawmakers complained that new stricter policies left many children hungry. FULL STORY »

After MF Global, insurance weighed to protect customers

Long-derided as unsuitable for sophisticated futures markets, insurance is getting a surge of attention heading into the new year as the industry works to patch itself up after the stunning collapse of MF Global in 2011. FULL STORY »

Pork producers told to “focus on the end-user”

In an address to producers at the Midwest Pork Conference, Nelson Kloosterman, Worldview Resources International, was critical of industry efforts that stress advocacy more than customer focus. “We need to move beyond advocacy and focus on the end-user,” he said. FULL STORY »

Global food prices stable but still high

Global food prices remained stable, though close to 2008 record levels, according to the World Bank, as it warned that a "new norm" of costlier food was settling in and threatening to increase hunger and malnutrition in the world's poorer regions. FULL STORY »

Consumer Reports study finds bacteria in pork samples

In a study released Tuesday, Consumer Reports claimed that pork chop and ground pork samples examined by the group contained Yersinia enterocolitica, a bacterium that can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to the report. The National Pork Board (NPB) responded to the study calling it “a great disservice” to American consumers. FULL STORY »

Interview: The voice of reason

An ethics professor at the center of the Green Mountain College oxen controversy weighs in on ‘vegan abolitionists,’ sustainability and how we ought to analyze the issue of factory farming. FULL STORY »

California egg farmers challenge Prop 2

California's egg farmers have filed a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court seeking a determination that Proposition 2 (Prop 2) – a law regulating egg-laying hen enclosures - is unconstitutionally vague. The law's lack of clarity prevents egg farmers from modifying their housing facilities in time to comply with the Jan. 1, 2015, implementation date., FULL STORY »

Hormel earnings rise; commodities seen weighing in 2013

Hormel Foods Corp., which makes the iconic Spam and other meat and poultry products, posted higher fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, slightly below Wall Street estimates. The company said 2013 performance would be hurt by higher grain costs. 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 »

Commentary: Talk about hormones responsibly

Last week, while I was attending the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s 2012 Antibiotic Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, I joined some of the other attendees for a lovely dinner at a high-end steakhouse. When the server came out with a beautiful platter of plastic-wrapped pieces of steak to show us our choices, she started to describe the beef that the restaurant used. FULL STORY »

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