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Are you ready for the new VFD rules?

The Final Countdown to Antibiotic Changes. Producers Urged to Take Action Now.   Call it a New Year’s resolution or simply starting your 2016 to-do list early, but animal health experts are urging producers to ensure that they’re ready before the Food and Drug Administration’s new antibiotic regulations take effect in January 2017. “If they […]

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Where Does Your Thanksgiving Meal Come From?

Take a closer look at where the staples of the holiday dinner originate — from farms across the country, both large and small By K. Annabelle Smith Turkeys Turkey production in the U.S. is a nearly 5 billion dollar industry—254 million turkeys were produced this year alone in preparation for the big day. But where […]

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October is National Pork Month

Pig farmers connect farm to fork during October Pork Month By Iowa Pork Producers Association September 28, 2016 | 3:08 pm EDT October became known as Pork Month because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pork producers and share their stories with […]

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Tosh Welcomes HCHS Teachers

Congratulations to HCHS CTE Department The Henry County High School CTE (Career and Technical Education) Department has won one of the William Atchison Plus Endowment Grants to be awarded Tuesday night, September 27th. Ms. Faye Hooper, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher will be heading up a collaborative project alongside several other CTE […]

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September 16, 2016 Harvest Moon

WHAT IS A HARVEST MOON? HARVEST MOON FACTS AND INFORMATION Fred Schaaf What is the “Harvest Moon,” and why does this particular Moon have special importance? We explain in detail. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. This usually means it’s the September full Moon though it can also fall in early October, coming […]

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Are Footballs Really Made of Pigskin?

WERE FOOTBALLS EVER REALLY MADE OF PIGSKIN? By: Emily Upton These days, footballs are typically made from cowhide or vulcanized rubber, making their nickname “pigskins” somewhat ironic. Football fans often perpetuate the idea that footballs used to be made of pigskin, which is how they got their nickname, but it turns out this isn’t the […]

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Commentary: Should you worry about food animals causing drug resistance in people? No. Should you worry about raw milk? Definitely.

By JoAnn Alumbaugh, Editor, PORK Network August 12, 2016 Despite a PR Newswire headline intended to alarm consumers, a recently released report once more finds no conclusive evidence of a link between the use of antibiotics in food animals and the emergence of drug-resistantCampylobacter. The article began, “As controversy continues…” but in truth, “controversy” surrounding disease resistance caused by […]

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USDA forecasts record corn, soybean production

Corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, up 11 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 175.1 bushels per acre, up 6.7 bushels from 2015. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is […]

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Pig Manure Could Build Roads in Future

14 July 2016 US – Professor Elle Fini and a team of researchers at North Carolina A&T State University have discovered what they believe to be the not so distant future of paved roadways. Through the support of the National Science Foundation, the team has found a way to extract the rich oil that is […]

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