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Bowman: Farmers, Subway is not your BFF

By Angela Bowman, Associate Editor, PORK Network Last October, Subway made waves after announcing plans to eliminate antibiotics use in its U.S. meat supplies. Farmers and ranchers took up their proverbial pitchforks and torches to fight back against the move. The efforts paid off – two days later, Subway (quietly) revised its sustainable sourcing policy to include that […]

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Save the Environment: Eat Bacon

By JoAnn Alumbaugh, Editor, PORK Network  It’s doubtful you’ll see a headline similar to the one above in consumer media, but it’s true. A study from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) suggests vegetarian and other plant-based diets could be more harmful to the environment than eating animal protein. Keep in mind, however, that not all fruits and […]

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La Nina’s Positives and Pitfalls

By Alison Rice, Markets and News Editor, AgWeb.com February 08, 2016 Which crop price could gain the most from La Niña? As the current El Niño weather pattern goes into the history books as one of the strongest in memory, grain analysts and farmers are wondering if the forecasted La Niña will play nice. La […]

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Pork Industry Faces Tight Margin Year

Weekly Outlook: Pork Industry Faces Tight Margin Year Chris Hurt Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Pork producers in 2016 are expected to experience another year of tight margins similar to the year just completed. Pork production is expected to rise by about one percent, but beef production will rise by four percent and poultry […]

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Protein Satisfies

By Alan Newport October 21, 2015 | 9:16 am EDT Evidence keeps building that adequate animal protein in each meal satisfies hunger and decreases body weight. Heather Leidy, a professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, has in recent years shown positive effects from eating more protein at […]

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Bacon causes cancer? Sort of. Not really. Ish.

IMAGE FROM MARIA KOMRAKOVA/GETTY IMAGES ARTICLE FROM WIRED.COM BY SARAH ZHANG 10.27.15. 7:00 AM. PERHAPS NO TWO words together are more likely to set the internet aflame than BACON and CANCER. So when the World Health Organization classified processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen, the same category as tobacco— Hold on. Let me stop […]

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Corn Conditions Slip a Bit, But…

According to the USDA’s Crop Progress report, corn planting has wrapped up for the season, and nearly all – 97 percent – of corn has emerged. Now attention shifts to corn conditions. The USDA reports 73 percent of the nation’s corn is in good or better condition as of June 14, compared to 74 percent […]

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Walmart’s New Animal Welfare Position

Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. just announced new positions on animal welfare and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals. It recognizes the increased awareness of and desire by consumers to know more about how food is produced, but it also recognizes that changes cannot be made efficiently and economically overnight. “Walmart is […]

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Have a degree in Agriculture? There’s a job for that.

With approximately 35,400 college graduates with degrees in agricultural-related areas and an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings in food, agriculture, renewable energy resources and environmental fields, the demand is strong for jobs in agriculture, according to a report released by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University. During the next five years, […]

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