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Scientists say quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever

Oct. 31, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Around a quarter of the world's pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health's president said Thursday. A sharp reduction in the world's pig population would...

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

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...

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...

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...

South Korea says 2 farms tested negative for swine fever

Sep. 20, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday that tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged pig herds across Asia. South Korea's Ministry of...

Man accused in corn rake killing testifies: I didn't do it

Sep. 20, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa hog farmer accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife says he didn't do it and doesn't know who did. The Telegraph Herald reports that 43-year-old Todd Mullis also testified Thursday in Dubuque that he didn't know who used his iPad to conduct internet searches about...