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Norwegians looking for ‘fibre devouring’ pigs

Pigs being fed on rapeseed – can they also thrive? This is the key of new international research, led by Norwegian scientists.

Federal Budget a Mixed Bag for Rural Priorities

By Traci Bruckner on February 20, 2015 - 5:53am The discussion on federal spending begins each year with release of the president’s budget. This year, there is both good and bad news for small towns and rural communities. Let’s start with the bad news, because it’s on the important topic of conservation. Show More Summary

Friday Update: Policy Issues, Ag Economy; Trade; and, Biofuels

Policy Issues In addition to the House Ag Committee hearings next Wednesday and Thursday on food stamp issues, on Tuesday, the Senate Ag Committee will hold a hearing on Farm Bill implementation and Farm Credit Administration nominations. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to address the Senate panel; however, the Committee will hear from producers […]

Adisseo conference: pig gut health and economy

The US swine economy to intestinal health of piglets – all these issues were touched on at Adisseo’s fourth Swine Conference. The event was held in Paris, France, on February 2.

Cadmium is a risk when insects are used in feed

Bioaccumulation of metals, mainly Cadmium, is one of the main risks when insects are used for animal feed. Mycotoxins in the larvae tested don’t seem to be a direct problem.

Ukraine begin export of soybean meal to Turkey and Georgia

Creative Group became the first among Ukrainian exporters to sell its soybean meal to Turkey and Georgia since the beginning of the year, according to the representatives of the Group.

New ways of use found for pig house slat gap covers

Slap gat covers, a plastic product to cover up slat space without having to rebuild an entire pig house, have found different use at several places around the world.

Ukraine eyes increased egg production in 2015

Egg production in Ukraine will grow by 3-4% this year compared to 2014 and will amount to 20.5 billion pieces, the head of the Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine Sergey Karpenko stated recently.

Vencomatic announces renewed Turkey Nest

For nearly 30 years Vencomatic Group has been automating the collection of turkey hatching eggs. Their latest version of the Turkey Nest provides increased robustness, animal friendliness and is easier to manage whilst still retaining the advantages of its predecessor.

European egg sector under threat by free trade

The average offer price of whole egg powder from Ukraine and India is very close to the average European price. This means that, despite the import duty, non-EU countries are able to compete on the European market. The EU is currently engaging in discussions with several countries with the aim of arriving at bilateral trade agreements.

USDA Report- Farms and Land in Farms

On Thursday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its annual Farms and Land in Farms report for 2014. The report stated that, “The number of farms in the United States for 2014 is estimated at 2.08 million, down 18 thousand farms from 2013. Total land in farms, at 913 million acres, decreased 1.03 million […]

West Coast ports running at 50 percent of normal volume - AgMinute for February 19, 2015

Agricultural shipments from West Coast ports are running at about 50 percent of the normal volume, and exporters have lost an estimated $1.75 billion in business during each of the past two months alone, according to the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com

Miller’s Ag Bag Silage Bagger

If you haven’t heard of the Ag Bag, now is the time to learn. While at the National Farm Machinery Show, Chuck spoke with Stashia Bittner with Miller who owns Ag Bag, to learn more about the equipment and what they can offer farmers across the country. “Ag Bag machines are used to bag silage. The concept started in 1970... Read More

FTC files complaint; wants to stop Sysco-US Foods merger

Sysco Corp. officials say the Federal Trade Commission will not prevail in its complaint that its planned acquisition of US Foods would violate federal anti-trust laws.

Walmart Savings Catcher drops produce

In an e-mail to Savings Catcher program participants, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it is discontinuing certain items, including produce, effective immediately.

Langdon-Johnson leaving NC Sweet Potato Commission

Sue Johnson-Langdon, the longtime head of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, plans to leave the group after 25 years.

Walmart Savings Catcher drops produce

In an e-mail to Savings Catcher program participants, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it is discontinuing certain items, including produce, effective immediately.

Langdon-Johnson leaving NC Sweet Potato Commission

Sue Johnson-Langdon, the longtime head of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, plans to leave the group after 25 years.

Brookshire’s honors 2015 Grower of the Year

Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. named Marc Green of G-MC Produce as its 2015 Grower of the year.

United Fresh sets 2015 Fresh Impact Tours

Sixteen town hall meetings in eight U.S. states and in Ontario, Canada have been scheduled between February and September as part of the United Fresh 2015 Fresh Impact Tours.

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