Helping producers prepare for disease threats

Over the next 5 years, the pork checkoff will invest $15 million to better prepare the nation’s pork producers in the fight against swine diseases. Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology with the National Pork Board says the Swine Health Information Center will have three functions.  It will monitor swine diseases around… Read more »

Pork profits to drop in 2015

A year ago the hog market saw record high prices. Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says concerns about how the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus would affect production drove the hog market higher. “There were rumors of how bad that disease was – and it certainly was bad,” he says. “But there was talk a year ago… Read more »

Pork Industry Forum underway in Texas

The annual business meeting of the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council gets underway today in Texas. The National Pork Industry Forum is a grass-roots opportunity for pork producers from around the country to bring forth the issues and concerns they have. Cindy Cunningham, spokesperson for the National Pork Board says there… Read more »

Indiana Pork receives ISDA grant

Indiana Pork has been awarded an Indiana Livestock Market Development Grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The grant will provide up to $15,000 in matching funds toward the development of a biomass digester project planning tool for livestock producers. The project will address barriers to the construction and use of biomass digesters… Read more »

Nebraska farmland values slip three percent

After five years of increases, average farmland values in Nebraska dropped three percent over the past year. That’s according to preliminary findings from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2015 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey. The biggest percentage drop was in the eastern district, which was down 10 percent, while the biggest increase was in the… Read more »

Antibiotic bill in Senate aimed at animal ag

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A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate called the “Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act” is directed at livestock agriculture production. The bill, sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine (and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York), would require the FDA to withdraw its… Read more »

China restricts Canadian beef imports

China has joined the list of countries that are temporarily restricting imports of Canadian beef products due to concern over a case of BSE found in Alberta in mid-February. China, which represents two percent of Canada’s market for beef, joins Taiwan, Korea, Peru, Indonesia and Belarus in restricting Canadian beef imports. The six countries combined… Read more »

Nebraska bills involve livestock expansion

Two bills in the Nebraska legislature would help facilitate livestock expansion in the state. LB106 would make changes to the local permitting process for new or expanding livestock operations. The other bill, LB176, would change current policy by allowing meatpacking companies to own and raise hogs in the state. Mark McHargue, vice president of Nebraska… Read more »

Vilsack says guidelines will focus on nutrition

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he will be personally involved in finalizing the government’s new dietary guidelines and indicates he will keep them narrowly focused on nutrition. Vilsack made those comments this week during an appearance before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. But, according to an Agri-Pulse report, Vilsack stopped short of saying that he… Read more »

New beef plant to be built in Nebraska Panhandle

Plans for a new beef processing plant in the Nebraska Panhandle are taking shape. Local investors say they are about two months away from choosing a site for the project.  Gering and Bridgeport appear to be the top candidates for the plant. Initially, the plant would process about 500 head of cattle per day, with… Read more »