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A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

2 charged in burglary at farm where pigs escaped

Oct. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a burglary at a Vermont farm where hundreds of pigs got loose. WCAX-TV reports that according to court records a woman and her boyfriend admitted to stealing tools from the Sugar Mountain Farm in Orange in August. That's two weeks after the pigs broke...

Arkansas to review waste proposal after hog farm buyout

Oct. 7, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will review a proposal to remove waste from the country's first national river watershed after a large hog farm accepted a buyout from the state to close its site following years of environmentalist complaints. The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment hired Harbor...

South Korea confirms 2 more swine fever cases

Oct. 2, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two additional cases of African swine fever near its border with North Korea despite heightened efforts to contain the epidemic that has wiped out pig populations across Asia. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said lab tests...

Iowa home to 24.9 million pigs, a new record and up 6%

Sep. 27, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa now has 24.9 million pigs on farms, a record number and up 6% from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the figures Friday for the quarter ending Sept. 1. It showed Iowa farms have just over 1 million breeding pigs and 23.9 million market hogs, or those raised...

China releases more pork from reserve to cool prices

Sep. 26, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing more pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The government said Thursday it will auction off 10,000 tons of pork, the country's staple meat. It was the second release in two...

China releases more pork from reserve to cool prices

Sep. 26, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles for the second time this month to help cool surging prices ahead of next week's celebration of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The government said Thursday it will auction off 10,000 tons of pork, the country's staple...

Fears grow in South Korea as tests confirm more swine fever

Sep. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday said it was intensifying efforts to clean farms around the country as it scrambles to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever that has ravaged farms near its border with North Korea. Lab tests Tuesday night confirmed the country's...

Jurors convict Iowa farmer in corn rake killing of wife

Sep. 23, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A jury Monday convicted an eastern Iowa hog farmer of using a corn rake to kill his wife, agreeing with prosecutors who argued he was enraged that she was having an affair. Jurors found Todd M. Mullis, 43, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Amy Mullis, according to the...

Thousands of hogs killed in Pennsylvania barn fire

Sep. 22, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. (AP) — Thousands of hogs have died in a fire that destroyed two barns on a Pennsylvania farm. Firefighters were called to the farm in Lynn Township, outside Allentown, before 6 a.m. Saturday. Lynnport Community Fire Company Chief Clark Matz says the barns were engulfed when firefighters...