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Osborne’s FAST Start wean-to-finish feeder named Producer Choice at World Pork Expo

Osborne Industries, Inc., of Osborne, Kansas, USA, is pleased to announce that it has been named winner of the Producer Choice Award for its new FAST Start wean-to-finish feeder at the 2017 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. FAST Start is the answer to the problem of efficiently feeding very young pigs, and

Fair Oaks Farms, LLC Recalls Pork Sausage Patties Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

  Fair Oaks Farms, LLC, a Pleasant Prairie, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,134 pounds of pork sausage patties that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sFOOD Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully cooked pork sausage patties were produced on August 8, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

CIH Hog Margin Watch Report for August 2017

Margins recovered over the past two weeks, benefiting from both higher hog prices and lower feed costs. In spite of the improvement, margins continue to hover at around the average of the past ten years, with the exception of the spot period. Hog slaughter for theyear to date was up 2.7%, and the latest comparison

American Farm Bureau Foundation Presents Ag Literacy Teacher Resource Grants

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented teacher resource grants to 50 educators to help celebrate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. Teachers may use the $50 grants to purchase agricultural literacy materials from the Foundation’s online store for classroom use. “Our aim in presenting these grants is to advance agricultural literacy by providing teachers with

NPPC: Keep Trade in Updated NAFTA

  With negotiations set to begin tomorrow, the National Pork Producers Council today repeated its request that a “modernized” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) maintain the zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America. President Trump has made updating the 23-year-old trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico a priority since before

U.S. Pork Gains Long-Awaited Access to Argentine Market

    The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With today’s White House announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork producers now have unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation.   “U.S. pork

Feed Energy Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

  Feed Energy announced today the recipients of its 2017 “Excellence in Ag” Scholarship Program. Kiah Gourley of Kansas State University and Julianna Jespersen of Iowa State University will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy for the 2017-2018 academic year.   Kiah Gourley Kiah Gourley is originally from Philomath, Oregon. She grew up

Ahead of NAFTA Negotiations, 55 Public University Ag Deans Express Strong Support for Continued Robust U.S. Agricultural Exports

Ahead of Wednesday’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico discussions on adjustments to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a group of 55 agriculture deans from public universities across the country today sent a letter U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as well as Assistant U.S. Trade Negotiator

NPPC Optimistic NEW NAFTA will Improve Outlook for North American Pork Trade

  Full Interview 6:21 Listen  Farmscape for August 14, 2017 The National Pork Producers Council is optimistic a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement will  see the preservation of the benefits it’s afforded U.S. agriculture over the past 23 years.   The first round of negotiations aimed at revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trade Disagreements Mount Between U.S. and China

  President Trump is expected to soon issue a memorandum on China’s intellectual property and trade practices. The memo would prompt an investigation by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative into these trade practices and could result in retaliation from China. According to reports, China has readied a retaliatory response that includes measures against

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