Everything is better with bacon

Consumer demand is high for bacon in many forms. FULL STORY »

Consumers watch food trends, adjust shopping habits in 2012

A survey shows many issues affecting cattle producers also had an impact on consumers this year and their purchases changed accordingly. FULL STORY »

U.S. Army Corps sees Mississippi River staying open

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects no "significant interruption in navigation" on the Mississippi River due to low water levels, a U.S. Senator said on Monday, easing concerns about the potential for a crippling shutdown to river commerce. FULL STORY »

Hurd vs. Consumer Reports – I’ll bet on Hurd

Consumer Reports has been busy this year putting out its pseudo-science and recommendations for the public on what/how they should eat and where they should get it. Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, has no problem taking them to task on their shaky data. FULL STORY »

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 »

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