Author Archive: Pam McCord

China’s High-Rise Hog Hotel

By Sara Brown, Livestock Digital Producer July 17, 2017 Hog barns—stacked eight stories high. The photos from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey traveled around the Twitter-verse lightning fast, raising eyebrows and slackening jaws of U.S. producers and industry leaders. We all want to know: “How do you manage that manure?” Northey, on a trade mission with […]

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TOP 10 CONCERNS OF YOUNG FARMERS

TOP 10 CONCERNS OF YOUNG FARMERS By  Betsy Freese 6/1/2017   At any roundtable of young and beginning farmers, a few common themes seem to bubble to the surface as folks share stories and concerns. Here are 10 of the biggest top-of-mind challenges, along with some ideas on how to deal with them. WHEN LAND […]

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Where’s the BEEF?

‘TEST-TUBE MEAT’ IS ON ANIMAL AG’S RADAR May 3, 2017 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Livestock, News Defenders of animal agriculture are keeping an eye on efforts to develop cultured meat, also referred to as synthetic meat or test-tube meat. Scientists and businesses working to produce lab-created meat say they’re making progress and claim that within a few years their […]

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Dustin McClure

Meet Dustin McClure, Tosh Farms Spotlight Employee.  Dustin has worked for Tosh Farms since he was 16 years old.  He began working around the shop, helping to build feed bins, sweeping floors, and doing other task.  After high school graduation, he attended The University of Tennessee at Martin while still working part-time in the Martin […]

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Bellies Are The Star Of The Show.

What have you done lately to boost cutout values? No matter how you slice them, loins and spareribs are problems; bellies are the star, and butts, picnics and hams have basically held steady as contributors to the cutout value.  Steve Meyer | Mar 06, 2017 The value of a hog is determined, of course, by the total […]

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Scott Crouch – Tosh Employee Spotlight

Tosh Farms would like to introduce you to its spotlight employee, Scott Crouch. Scott works for the Bacon by Gosh side of Tosh as a truck driver. As far as truck driving goes, he’s tackled everything from hogs to manure to ingredients. He has worked for Tosh for over a year now and has enjoyed […]

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Where Have All The Farmers Gone?

U.S. Farm Count Fell by 8,000 Last Year USAgNet – 02/20/2017 The number of farms in the United States for 2016 is estimated at 2.06 million, down 8,000 farms from the year prior. The USDA reports that total land in farms, at 911 million acres, also decreased by 1 million acres from 2015. The average […]

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Is There A Fly In My Soup?

“There’s a fly in my soup.” Genetically modified insects could disrupt international food trade  January 31, 2017 “There’s a fly in my soup.” This statement conjures up the image of a dead fly in a bowl of soup rather than a genetically modified insect being served up with organic vegetables. However, this is not a […]

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