Latest Pig farming News

JBS a big winner in USDA trade war relief contracts

Jul. 6, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Brazilian-owned meat processing company undercut its competition by more than $1 per pound to win nearly $78 million in pork contracts through a federal program launched to help American farmers offset the impact from an ongoing trade war. As a result, JBS USA has won more than 26%...

Chinese official: Pig fever outbreak 'complicated and grim'

Jul. 4, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a disease outbreak in China's pig herds that has pushed up global pork prices has risen to 1.2 million animals, but its spread has "significantly slowed," a deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Authorities are stepping up efforts to contain African swine fever but...

Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Jun. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups. Lawyers for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

North Carolina Senate passes bill expanding hemp industry

Jun. 17, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation designed to further develop North Carolina's fast-growing hemp industry, increase agritourism and make overhauling open-air waste storage systems easier for industrial-scale hog farms passed the state Senate on Monday. The legislature's wide-ranging annual Farm Act passed...

Rural county in uproar over new large-scale feedlot law

Jun. 15, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Many residents of a rural southwestern Missouri county are critical of a state law that restricts how much local authorities can regulate industrial feedlots and say they feel betrayed by their local representatives who backed the legislation. Speakers at a community meeting Wednesday...

Divide grows among central Missouri agriculture producers

Jun. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MEXICO, Mo. (AP) — On Becker Family Farms in central Audrain County, the transition of ownership from one generation to another two years ago was also the time to specialize in crop production. With their uncle retiring, Ross Becker and his brother Thad Becker were faced with the choice of maintaining the...

Arkansas reaches deal to shutter hog farm near Buffalo River

Jun. 13, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Operators of a large hog farm near the Buffalo River that's drawn concern about its potential impact on the watershed have agreed to shut down their facility in exchange for $6.2 million from the state and a private group, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday....

North Korea says it's fighting swine fever with quarantine

Jun. 11, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is actively fighting the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever weeks after it reported an outbreak near its border with China. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said workers around the country were proceeding with "airtight"...

Residents fighting planned large hog farm in western Indiana

Jun. 9, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

LINDEN, Ind. (AP) — Some residents are organizing against plans for a nearly 9,000-head hog operation near a rural western Indiana town. The proposal submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management calls for two barns each holding 4,400 finishing swine on land about a mile from the...