Seaboard to Add Second Shift to its New Pork Processing Plant in Iowa

    Sioux City Journal reports: The developers of a pork plant under construction in Sioux City are moving forward with plans for a second shift that will eventually increase the total number of jobs to around 2,000, nearly double the original estimate. The expansion will raise the cost of the Seaboard Triumph Foods project by

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,I Will Never Marry A Pig Farmer! February 15th 2017

I did not grow up on a farm. I literally knew nothing about farming and had no plans on ever living on a farm. And because I wasn’t raised on a farm, it didn’t matter to me if it rained, if it was too windy, or if it was too hot or too cold. I was only

Mike Brumm Commentary, Where do you get training? February 15th 2017

As I was driving to a producer meeting yesterday in central Iowa I had time to look back at my career in the pork industry. I realized that I’ve been giving presentations to producer groups for at least 40 years with my first presentations done while a graduate student at Purdue University. While our production

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Over the last few years, the demand for Bacon in the North American market has greatly increased. Bacon on burgers, Bacon in all day breakfast programs such as McDonalds, Bacon on everything. What has that meant to US pork cut-outs? Below is some historical values.   As you

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending February 10th 2017

FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ‘GIPSA’ RULE COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED; NPPC ASKS PRODUCERS TO OPPOSE IT The Trump administration this week extend the deadline for submitting comments on a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move hailed by NPPC, which opposes the Obama-era rule. NPPC is urging pork producers

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,Factory Farming in Minnesota – Truth Revealed, February 9th 2017

About Wanda: Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. I am a City Girl turned Farm Wife. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So go grab a cup of coffee, find

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hope House of Bemidji

   Over 225 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference led by the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee and MFBF Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. This was held February 3-4 at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji. During the conference, attendees conducted a service

5 Ways to Better Use Your Money by Spencer Wayne, PhD, DVM – Pipestone Veterinary Services

Don’t Cut the Wrong Corners When things get tight, a logical first step is to start trimming costs, but be careful when doing this.  Things were put in place for a reason.  Make sure that the reason is still attended to.  Here are some examples regarding health where cutting some minor costs led to some

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, What Do Farmers do in the off-season? February 2nd 2017

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About Wanda: Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. I am a City Girl turned Farm Wife. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So go grab a cup of coffee, find

Mike Brumm Commentary, Ventilation problems with ESF gestation housing, February 1st 2017

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In the past 2 months I’ve worked on new breed-wean projects and done ventilation audits on breed-wean sites with ESF feeding stations and large pen housing. A common problem with the ESF stations and the large pens (165-275 females/pen) is wet and slippery floors in the common traffic areas. A major reason for the wetness