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Turkey giant Butterball to exit pork business, cut 600 jobs

Butterball LLC, the Garner-based company best known for its turkey food products, announced to its 600 employees at its lone pork producing plant in Montgomery, Illinois, that it will be shutting the plant down in July. Butterball had acquired the plant in 2012 from Gusto Packing Co. for the purpose of expanding its processing capacity

NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Following today’s notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America.   The White House today officially notified the Senate

New Illinois pork producer conquers learning curve in first weeks

Source: Illinois Farmer Today ast year at this time, Carl Clark was a soybean and corn grower in eastern Illinois, just like his father had been. As of April, Clark is now also officially a pork producer. His grandfather had cattle and pigs, but livestock skipped his father’s generation. His father, John, said having asthma

Smithfield Foods Announces First Water Policy, Environmental Achievements

Source: Smithfield Foods news release Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced the release of the second installment of its 16th annual sustainability report. The Environment section highlights Smithfield’s environmental leadership in key areas, which includes continuing reductions in natural resource demand and the addition of many environmental projects improving business performance and supply chain efficiency. “As

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending May 5 2017

PORK INDUSTRY MOURNS LOSS OF THREE IN CZECH REPUBLIC The U.S. pork industry is mourning the tragic loss of three people in a motor vehicle accident this week in Prague, Czech Republic. Killed in the accident were Dr. Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine;

Production Costs for Hog Producers Look Positive

Farmscape for May 1, 2017 Full Interview 11:25 Listen EMI Analytics says the anticipated cost of producing hogs is looking particularly positive this coming summer. The USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs report indicates the U.S. breeding herd is expanding and slaughter hog numbers this coming fall will be even higher than one year ago. Dr.

Higher U.S. Pork Production Increases Importance of Exports

Farmscape for April 24, 2017 Full Interview 11:30 Listen EMI Analytics says expanded hog U.S. processing capacity and higher slaughter hog numbers  will make continued access to export markets even more critical to keep on top of increased supplies of pork. The USDA’s March Hogs and Pigs report indicates slaughter hog numbers this fall will

NPPC Capital Update for the week of April 21st 2017

NPPC URGING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO WITHDRAW ‘GIPSA’ RULE Starting next week – after former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture – NPPC will begin a concerted effort to get the Trump administration to withdraw the Obama-era Farmer Fair Practices Rules related to the buying and selling of livestock. Written by the

Smithfield Launches Division To Develop Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals And Medical Devices From Pigs

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today the launch of Smithfield Bioscience, a new strategic platform within the organization that leverages byproducts from the meat production process for the development of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and medical device solutions. Smithfield is taking a leadership position in developing these types of cutting edge initiatives, which support a range of biotechnology

Announcing: Topigs Norsvin Sow Feed Manual

The nutritional demands of the modern gestating and lactating sow and her litter have changed significantly over time. Diets should be optimized to ensure nutritional welfare and comfort to the animals and also to minimize the environmental impact through excretions. To achieve this, a precise adjustment of the feeding level and the feed composition according

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