Bacon Expo at Iowa State draws crowds

Bacon enthusiasts at Iowa State University recently converged upon the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center for the second annual Bacon Expo in Ames, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Cargill launches pig nutrition program

A new nutrition program from Cargill is designed to deliver better feed efficiency for finisher pigs, while helping producers control costs and improve profitability. FULL STORY »

Photo of the day: Just a dog and his hog

Move over cattle dogs - hog dogs deserve some respect, too. FULL STORY »

Values do matter to farmers, ranchers

Values and farmers and ranchers—they go hand-in-hand. A 30-second commercial by Whole Foods Market shows that. Sort of. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Keep it simple

The frustration of technology occurred this weekend as I picked up a new computer. For those of us of the ‘older generation’ we don’t need all of the bells and whistles of the next generation of computer software. We’re looking for something reliable and predictable. FULL STORY »

NPPC requests review of Swine Disease Surveillance Program

Recently, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to evaluate the efficacy of its Swine Influenza Virus Surveillance Program, which is set to expire next year. FULL STORY »

Iowa water quality project funds now available

Eligible groups can now apply for grants to support projects that will improve water quality in Iowa. FULL STORY »

Kovich named to NPPC position

The National Pork Producers Council has named Dr. Daniel Kovich as assistant director of science and technology, focusing on food and feed safety and animal handling issues. Kovich, who begins his duties Nov. 17, will be located in NPPC’s Washington, D.C., office, reporting to NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Liz Wagstrom. FULL STORY »

Waters of the U.S. update

The rule defining “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act that has been proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a comment period that will end Nov 14th 2014. This has been a controversial topic since the comment period started on April 24th 2014. Some of the main topics of debate have been jurisdiction over ditches, agricultural impacts from fertilizer and pesticide application, and jurisdiction over “other waters”. FULL STORY »

Workshops address emergency preparedness for livestock operations

The phone jarred Ken Powell awake. Groggy and disoriented, he glanced at the clock while fumbling with the receiver: midway between midnight and one a.m. FULL STORY »

Soybean demand keeps pace with record production

Soybean prices may not plummet as low as some analysts predicted since strong demand continues to chew through record production, according to Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leaders. FULL STORY »

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