USDA announced that it is making $130 million in funding available for education, research and Extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems....More
Minnesota hog producer-leader Don Buhl named one of three Siehl Prize 2016 Laureates, an annual prize by the University of Minnesota that honors those who have made extraordinary contributions toward producing food and ending hunger....More
VariFlame, a new variable rate heater offering many exclusive features for controlling pork production environments, will be launched by Automated Production Systems at the 2016 World Pork Expo June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines....More
Nexthermal will be exhibiting at the 2016 World Pork Expo June 8-10 in Booth V-1065 to introduce its Elstein Ceramic Infrared Radiant Farrowing Heaters to attendees. Rugged and long-lasting, they do not emit visible light, offering a more natural night/day environment that facilitates restful sleep, improved growth and lower mortality rates. These infrared radiant heaters are also used in human infant incubators. They emit a more penetrating and consistent dry heat that keeps piglets warmer....More
Many are wondering if the hog market is a sleeping giant, waiting to wake from its slumber presenting a trading opportunity for the speculative investor and a harvest opportunity to the short hedger....More
Appointments of Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton, N.H.; Gene Noem, Ames, Iowa; and Mike Skahill, Williamsburg, Va., to the National Pork Board announced. Janet Archer, Goldsboro, N.C. and Terry O’Neel, Friend, Neb., were reappointed....More
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 at 18.8 billion gallons of renewable fuels with 14.8 billion gallons from corn ethanol....More
The $147.7 billion FY ’17 agriculture appropriations bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with priorities for agricultural research, food safety, programs that supports veterans working in agriculture and opening a USDA office in Cuba....More
A recent report claims genetically modified organisms pose no health concerns to humans who consume products made from such crops. Though a victory for modern agriculture, the battle is far from over....More
GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) announced today the integration of PigCHAMP’s swine management software with GVL’s FeedLINK® Electronic Veterinary Feed Directive solution.
With this integration, pork producers will be able to access FeedLINK VFD information directly from their PigCHAMP application and eventually import data and information between the two platforms. ...More
Purdue study designed to measure the demographics and attitudes of people who have visited a working farm or food production facility and compare those to people who have not visited an agricultural production operation....More
Genus plc, a global pioneer in animal genetics, and Caribou Biosciences Inc., a leader in the revolutionary field of CRISPR-Cas gene editing, announce a multi-year strategic collaboration where Genus receives a worldwide, exclusive license to Caribou’s leading CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology platform in certain livestock species. This is a significant move for Genus and marks the largest technology-driven alliance that Genus has made to date....More
Bimeda Inc. announces that John Stone has joined the company as national accounts manager.
Stone, who has most recently worked with Merial as senior manager national accounts, will be supervising all sales-related activities for the United States through Bimeda’s network of distributors....More
United States shipped 50,695 mt to China/Hong Kong in March, — the largest since December 2011 and up 80% from a year ago — but U.S. market share in the first quarter remained at 19% compared to 68% for the European Union and 9% for Canada....More
New research from Purina Animal Nutrition shows that every pound a pig gains at weaning can be correlated to nearly 2 pounds at the end of nursery and nearly 4 pounds at finishing.
Challenges with feed consumption ranked high in results from a recent industry survey; 85% of pork producers saw early feed consumption as a challenge. The impacts of this challenge reach far beyond the nursery....More
Sen. Chuck Grassley has introduced legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock after seeing continued consolidation within the livestock industry. The meat industry stands firm on opposing the legislation....More