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 »

Brumm Speaks Out: Thoughts from EuroTier

Last week I attended EuroTier in Hannover, Germany. This multi-species trade show hosts almost 160,000 visitors. There were two exhibit halls dedicated to swine, with additional halls hosting feed ingredients, plus numerous exhibit halls for dairy, poultry and aquaculture. FULL STORY »

Swine genome research links importance to human health

The first complete sequence of the pig genome by an international team of researchers, including Iowa State University (Iowa State) animal scientists has provided a genetic comparison of the domesticated pig and its wild cousins and offers clues to how the animal evolved. It also promises to expand the ways pigs are used in human health and medical research 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 »

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