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A growing industry comes with challenges

A few numbers: In the EU, we consume around 23.1 kg of seafood per year. 24% of this comes from aquaculture. The two most consumed aquaculture species in the EU are salmon and mussel. Nevertheless, the EU production of fish and shellfish is small, when compared to what is produced in the rest of the world.

Axzon resumes pig farming in Krasnodar Krai

The Danish company Axzon Group will resume producing pigs on its complex Dan Cube in Krasnodar Krai (also known as Kuban), in southern Russia at the shores of the Black Sea.

Business Update: New fermentation; largest feed mill

Every week, Pig Progress looks back on the previous week’s business news, conveniently capturing and summarising the most important business updates in the pig industry. Here are this week’s highlights.

Thanksgiving Dinner Just $5 Per Person

Where in the world can a person get a sumptuous meal of turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk all for about five dollars? Only in the good ol’ US of A, thanks to the great productivity of our... Read More

New NAFB Officers

Congratulations to the new slate of National Association of Farm Broadcasting officers and board members elected during the convention last week. President: Brian Winnekins, WRDN Radio, Wisconsin President Elect: Tony St. James, KDDD...Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday and National Rural Health Day

Today, Nov 19, is National Rural Health Day.  The organizers describe this as, “an opportunity to celebrate the Power of Rural by honoring the selfless, community-minded, can do spirit that prevails in rural America.” It’s also a chance...Show More Summary

Colistin resistance found in Chinese pigs, poultry

A new form of antimicrobial resistence has been discovered in Chinese poultry and pigs, which is called a threat to the ‘last line of antibiotics’.

Old Things Connect the New Things

Over and over I have said life is a funny set of odd circumstances. People are brought together by unforeseen forces, odd coincidences tie us together, and those connections are oftentimes closer than we may realize. For years now, I’ve written AgWalk stories about “old” antique items. A couple of years ago, my Aunt Jeanette joined forces and started sharing... Read More

Taco Bell leads US race for cage free egg use

US firm Taco Bell has stolen a march on its fast-food restaurant rivals, announcing that it is to source all of its 130m eggs from cage-free systems by the end of next year.

EFSA opinion on ethoxyquin as a feed additive

EFSA published its scientific opinion on the use of ethoxyquin as an antioxidant in animal nutrition, based on the data provided by the applicant (ANTOXIAC, the FEFANA Antioxidants Authorisation Consortium) and information available from former assessments.

Illinois Ag Leadership, GROWMARK Partner for STEM Event

Some ag students could be better prepared to compete in the job market in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers thanks to a partnership between the Illinois Agriculture Leadership (IALP) Class of 2016 and GROWMARK. Show More Summary

New owner offers Moy Park exciting opportunities

The new owners of the Northern-Ireland based European poultry and food producer Moy Park, the Brazilian meat company JBS S.A., the third largest global food business, offers the company exciting opportunities to further develop its business, Moy Park says in its report over the third quarter.

Attracting Pollinators with a Pollinator Garden

Thanks to gardening enthusiast Jonathan Leger for this article. Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen from plant to plant to fertilize the plant so it produces fruit or seeds. There are more than 1.000 different plants grown for spices, foods, beverages, and medicine that are dependent on pollinators. Show More Summary

#NAFB15 Last Trade Talk for AFBF President

It’s been 16 years that Bob Stallman has represented the American Farm Bureau Federation as president and he’s been at NAFB Trade Talk for most, if not all, of those years. But this year will be his last as president since he announced earlier this year he will be retiring from the post – to do whatever he wants. “I... Read More

First Female President for National Grange

Delegates of National Grange recently elected their national officers.  Of note among them is Betsy Huber, the first woman to be elected president of the organization. Begun in 1867, Grange is noted as America’s number one rural family advocates. Show More Summary

Reducing dietary crude protein enhances pork quality

Data confirm that dietary crude protein reduction enhances pork eating quality but negatively affects pigs’ growth performance.

Prayers for Joey+Rory

We’ve been keeping the country music couple Joey+Rory in our prayers since hearing that beautiful Joey made the decision last month to stop cancer treatments. We had the pleasure of meeting this lovely and talented couple three years ago at the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Convention and were so impressed by their devotion to each other. If you have not... Read More

BASF Crop Protection Aids Growers in 2015

2015 was a challenging year for growers with low commodity prices, weird weather and heavy disease pressure, but fungicide products from BASF Crop Protection definitely helped farmers get the most from their crops. “The one thing farmers can do when markets look like they do is increase yield,” said Dr. Show More Summary

USDA Looks to Expand Export Markets with MAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has handed out the fiscal year 2016 award funds for its program for commerical export markets for U.S. goods. This agency news release says the Market Access Program (MAP) will provide more than...Show More Summary

Public is confused about antibiotic resistance

A new multi-country survey shows people are confused about this major threat to public health and do not understand how to prevent it from growing. The majority also thinks that agriculture should use less antibiotics.

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