• Curt Arens

    Opportunities Raising Pigs

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 25, 2014

    There was a time, not that long ago, when nearly every farm in our neighborhood raised pigs. We all had a few sows and either sold feeder pigs or finished out what we raised. This was only 15 years ago. Times have changed. It’s tough these days to be raising pigs, but the fact is, there are great opportunities down the road. At the Nebraska Pork Producers Association Pork Industry Day in Norfolk last week, every producer I talked with was concerned deeply about PED virus. Mike…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    The Meat Racket

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 24, 2014

    The question of whether vertical integration in the poultry and swine industries, and packer concentration in the beef industry, is good or bad is a moot point. It’s how we do business today and it is here to stay. But you might like the new book, “The Meat Racket,” by Christopher Leonard. It’s about how Tyson Foods was founded and how it grew. What I like best about the book are the stories about the farmers — especially John Tyson, who founded the company. He…

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  • Tyler Harris

    County Fair Gives Rural and Urban Youth a Look At Production Ag

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on July 30, 2013

    The past few weeks have been county fair time for communities across the U.S. This includes small towns and bigger cities like Kansas City. Platte County, Missouri, where I live, is made up in part by Kansas City's outer limits in the southern corner. The northern part is made up of rolling hills where most of the state's burley tobacco crop is grown, and is dominated by pastures – mostly with horses. According to the Platte County Fair's website, early settlers in…

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  • Tom Bechman

    Effort to Change Name of Swine Disease Uphill Battle

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 22, 2013

    Commodity groups do tremendous things in Indiana. The new Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair designed, built, paid for and staffed by the Indiana Soybean Alliance is a great example. Urban visitors who buy the food you produce will have the opportunity to learn what modern agriculture is like, and do it in a fun way. However, some efforts various groups within the industry make find them fighting an uphill battle. Trying to rename the swine disease known commonly as 'swine flu…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Swine Shows On The Rise

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on June 14, 2013

    As many know, last week was the 25th Anniversary of the World Pork Expo, which I made the trip up from Kansas City to attend. While the Expo is known for its PORK Academy and business seminars, numerous pork products, and over 400 exhibitors from across the globe, what has also risen in popularity is the Expo's Junior National Show. This is following a national trend. I'll admit my background is fairly limited. It wasn't until l lived in eastern Iowa, near Washington County…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Smithfield Purchase Stirs Discussion At World Pork Expo

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on June 10, 2013

    Is the recently announced sale of Smithfield Foods, the largest hog producer and processor in the United States, to China's largest meat producer and processor, Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., a good deal or a bad deal for U.S. pork producers and consumers -- in the long run? At the World Pork Expo in Des Moines last week, pork producers from Iowa and other states were pondering that question. The $4.7 billion sale was a surprise when it was announced May 29. If the sale goes…

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  • Tyler Harris

    25th World Pork Expo Comes To A Close

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on June 7, 2013

    This week I had the opportunity to visit the World Pork Expo for the second year in a row. This year I had a much longer trip. Rather than driving from Adel, Iowa just west of Des Moines to the Iowa State Fair Grounds, I made the trip up from Kansas City. However, other visitors came from much further. This year, as many know, marks the 25th anniversary of the Expo, which drew about 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 38 different countries in 2012. This year also drew…

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  • Josh Flint

    The Day I Wowed My Wife With Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 28, 2013

    Like many American families, we have a love affair with the Crock-Pot. Our love for the Crock-Pot grew even larger this year when we discovered Reynolds’ Slow Cooker Liners. Toss a liner in there and cleanup is an absolute cinch. Anyone who’s scrubbed on a stoneware pot knows that’s a pretty big deal. Anyhow, a couple weeks ago, I was perusing the aisles of the Illinois Pork Producer Associations’ Pork Expo when I stumbled on a cooking pamphlet, made possible by the…

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  • Jessica Lavicky

    Festival Swoons With Pork-Loving Pride

    The Daily Dig

     by Jessica Lavicky
     on February 11, 2013

    This past weekend, the buzz around Iowa or I should say that smell around town was bacon. The 6th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival kicked off this weekend in Des Moines, which has now become the largest bacon showcase in the world. Other events scheduled included lectures about bacon and an eating competition. The festival was preceded earlier in the week with a bacon queen pageant and a pig pardon by Gov. Terry Branstad. The annual event, which sold out 8,000 tickets in less than four…

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  • Tim White

    Bacon Farmers Big Hit At Deli Next Door

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on February 5, 2013

    The January/February copy of Ohio Pork Line, the publication of the Ohio Pork Producers Council, just arrived. It has the most beautiful photo of a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich you have ever seen.  OK it’s lunchtime for me and I need to get this written before I can get something to eat. And right now I am leaning towards a BLT. I don’t see a caption telling who took the photo, probably came from the National Pork Producers Council as part of the overall effort to…

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