FYI on Swine
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Updated: 32 min 31 sec ago
Fri, 2011-12-02 17:54
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee voted to subpoena Jon S. Corzine, former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., for a Dec. 8 hearing on the collapse of the New York-based brokerage.
Wed, 2011-11-30 09:01
This week, the conclave of global warming's cardinals are meeting in Durban, South Africa, for their 17th conference in as many years. The idea is to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire next year, and to require rich countries to pony up $100 billion a year to help poor countries cope with the alleged effects of climate change. This is said to be essential because in 2017 global warming becomes "catastrophic and irreversible," according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency. Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse. Namely, the financial apocalypse.
Tue, 2011-11-22 23:24
Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nation’s fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry).
Mon, 2011-11-14 11:19
The National Pork Producers Council today welcomed Japan’s announcement that it would like to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multi-lateral trade talks. The TPP would be a regional trade bloc, consisting of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Mon, 2011-11-14 11:00
First enacted in 2003, ADUFA allows FDA to collect fees from the animal health industry for the review and approval of animal health products. The fees supplement the agency’s annual congressionally-approved appropriations and have enabled FDA to dramatically reduce its review time for new animal drugs. ADUFA allows medications to be introduced more quickly while maintaining high standards for safety and effectiveness.
Thu, 2011-11-03 07:54
Whole Foods Market Inc. continued its strong growth Wednesday, posting a 31% jump in fiscal fourth-quarter profit and its eighth straight quarter of identical-store sales growth. It also hiked its dividend 40% and announced a $200 million share-repurchase program.
Tue, 2011-10-25 15:45
Rising food prices that defy easing global inflation may challenge policy makers in countries including China to control costs without hurting economic growth, panelists at a forum said yesterday. A growing middle class seeking higher-protein foods is contributing to increased demand and prices, Abby Joseph Cohen, partner and senior U.S. investment strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS).
Tue, 2011-10-25 12:05
The Select Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee, also known as the Super Committee, is quickly approaching its November 23rd deadline for suggesting methods of trimming $1.5 trillion from the US budget over the next 10 years. Nearly everyone has assumed the committee would be suggesting cuts in expenditures, such as USDA’s farm program safety net, more cuts on crop insurance and conservation, and maybe some in nutrition and rural development. But a new concept has been proposed to achieve 30% of the needed cuts, and a concept that will be endorsed by nearly all of agriculture. It does not touch any farm programs, and it does not call for increased taxes. How do you trim the budget without doing either of those?
Mon, 2011-10-24 06:39
President Obama signed the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Friday (21 October). President Obama has signed into law the long-awaited free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, as well as the latest trade adjustment assistance for workers, reports ABC News.
Mon, 2011-10-24 06:20
I had breakfast this week with Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, and the main dish on the menu was tough love. In an interview before a packed hall in Times Square, the boss of the more than a century-old $177 billion global behemoth told me that Americans can still win in the global economy — but that they need to fight harder.
Fri, 2011-10-21 06:56
Waters polluted by the ordure of pigs, poultry, or cattle represent a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes, both known and potentially novel. These resistance genes can be spread among different bacterial species by bacteriophage, bacteria-infecting viruses, according to a paper in the October Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Fri, 2011-10-21 06:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter looks to be cold and wet across the northern tier of states, and the drought will worsen in the South, where conditions are expected to be warmer and drier than usual, government forecasters said Thursday. Like last winter, the Pacific Ocean cooling known as La Nina is affecting the weather, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Tue, 2011-10-18 06:30
Biofuels face their biggest test yet -- whether they can power fighter jets and tanks in battle at prices the world’s best-funded military can afford. The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models to burn fuels derived from waste oils and plants by 2013, three years ahead of target, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary Kevin Geiss said. The Army wants 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Navy and Marines aim to shift half their energy use from oil, gas and coal by 2020.
Fri, 2011-10-14 11:46
It is estimated by the United Nations that the world’s urban population will double between the years 2000 and 2030. In that time, while cities and populations around the world grow, the amount of fresh water available for consumption as well as domestic and industrial use will not expand. It is further predicted that if little is done to alter this situation, global demand for fresh water may outstrip supply by as much as 40 percent by 2030, putting food security at risk. Such a prospect makes fresh water availability one of the most pressing issues facing the world.
Fri, 2011-10-14 10:15
Global agricultural production needs to continue growing at a significant pace to keep up with food needs, according to the 2011 Global Agricultural Productivity Report from the Global Harvest Initiative. The annual GAP report, developed with input from the Farm Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and other agricultural experts, measures ongoing progress in sustainably doubling agricultural output in the next 40 years.
Fri, 2011-10-14 10:13
The divide between a utopian vision of food production and the realities of modern, large-scale agriculture grew ever wider this week as Worldwatch Institute released a report on global meat production and consumption. Offering little more than a rehash of unsubstantiated claims regarding livestock production, Worldwatch fails to add serious discussion to the debate about food production, and their actions don’t serve the world’s population that are poor and hungry.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:53
An international team of scientists will tackle the challenge of improving feed efficiency in swine through a $5 million grant coordinated by Iowa State University (ISU). The team is also organising a conference on the topic in Omaha in November.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:45
Where in some countries 30 piglets per sow per year is only a distant target, others are already talking about achieving a target of 40.
Fri, 2011-10-14 07:41
The National Pork Producers Council is calling it one of the “greatest victories ever for the U.S. pork industry.” South Korea alone could import as much as 5 percent of the United States’ annual pork production.
Tue, 2011-10-11 19:16