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Pig farmers pay it forward ham by ham

Second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign kicks off in Iowa, with participation from the National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods Inc. and PrairieFresh Premium Pork. Nov 28, 2017 Source: National Pork Board Today, the National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods Inc. and PrairieFresh Premium Pork joined forces to support […]

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CRISPR Bacon

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs October 23 ROB STEIN Scientists have used a new gene-editing technique to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat. Infrared pictures of 6-month-old pigs taken at zero, two, and four hours after cold exposure show that the pigs’ […]

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Is Vertical Farming the Next Big Thing in Agriculture?

It’s Called Vertical Farming, And It Could Be The Future Of Agriculture By Ronald Holden, Forbes Magazine A 20-foot vertical farm inside a climate-controlled cylinder. The concept sounds like science fiction: instead of spreading out across acres and acres, the farms of the future will grow lettuce and strawberries inside climate-controlled, light-controlled cylinders. Less land, […]

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5 Tips to Ease Market Hog Loading Stress

By Jo Windmann September 22, 2017 | 6:41   Maneuvering 300+ pound hogs is a daunting task, not to mention exhausting, but there are simple things you can do to keep the pigs moving without stressing them—or yourself—out. It’s estimated transport losses cost the industry approximately $46 million per year, which creates not only economic concerns but animal […]

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Iowa State University Uses Light to Neutralize Livestock Odors

By Iowa State University September 14, 2017 | 10:05 am EDT Iowa State University researchers have literally, and figuratively, shed new light on the odor problems arising from livestock facilities. Jacek Koziel, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and his team are using black light to help neutralize the volatile components that make up objectionable odors. […]

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Americans Are Confused About Food And Don’t Know Where to Turn For Answers

Food without GMOs does contain genes. SHERIL KIRSHENBAUM AND DOUGLAS BUHLER, THE CONVERSATION 28 AUG 2017 More than one-third of Americans do not know that foods with no genetically modified ingredients contain genes, according to the new nationally representative Food Literacy and Engagement Poll we recently conducted at Michigan State University. For the record, all foods contain […]

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Will the ELD Rule be put on Hold?

Babin’s ELD bill gains more momentum, even more co-sponsors By Greg Grisolano, Land Line Digital Content Editor | Friday, July 28, 2017   A growing number of U.S. representatives are adding their names to a bill that would delay the electronic logging device deadline until December 2019. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced the bill in the […]

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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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