• Rod Swoboda

    Remembering Two Who Gave A Lot To Iowa's Livestock Producers

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on April 21, 2014

    Iowa's livestock industry has lost two veterinarians, civil servants, university professors, experts in their fields and commonsense industry voices on livestock issues with the recent deaths of Dr. Scott Hurd and Dr. Jim McKean. They were faculty members of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Hurd died March 27 at the age of 58. McKean died April 10 at the age of 67. Beyond the devastating loss to their family and friends, they will be greatly missed by the…

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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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