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ISSUE DATE: 07/01/2013

Time to demystify swine production

By Doug Rich

Stop someone on Main Street in your hometown and ask what a typical farm looks like, and more than likely the description will include a Farmall tractor and a two-bottom plow. The person's description of agriculture today probably will not include the advanced technology that is common on most farms in this country.

Nowhere is this disconnect between perception and reality more evident than in pork production. The public has been bombarded with a great deal of misinformation about modern pork production. The Swine Education and Research Facility project at South Dakota State University (SDSU) hopes to change that and begin a new era for the swine industry.

This project will replace the old Red Barn with modern production facilities that include a public viewing area.


NEWS

Bipartisan group of senators urge appropriate oversight of proposed Smithfield purchase
Do a little research before donating to the cause
Farm safety: Keeping your employees in mind
House fails on the farm bill
MCA urges Gov. Nixon to sign Senate bill on farm families
Neighborhood and urban ponds require good management
New web tool gives emergency responders onsite farm rescue, hazard information
USDA trade mission aims to create opportunities for U.S. agriculture in Turkey
Watch for snakes when cleaning up after a storm

CROPS

APHIS: GE wheat in Oregon was an isolated incident
Become a certified Nebraska master naturalist
Corn ads featured during summer months in D.C. metro stations
Early identification of Palmer amaranth essential in reducing crop yield loss
Ecuador trade team visit focuses on U.S. Wheat competitive advantages
Farmed salmon raises blood levels of omega-3s
Heart of America Farm Show announced
Israeli trade team examines wheat crop from farm to port
Jim Hightower keynote speaker at Farm to Table International Symposium
Kansas crop board announces anniversaries
Kansas producer cuts first canola crop
Nematodes encapsulated to better battle corn pests
Nitrogen application means green crop and cash
Proper attire key part of safe pesticide application
Rapid growth will increase corn's demand for nitrogen
Soil quality tips shared with Blacklands farmers at Stiles Farm Field Day
Soy industry helps build markets in the Middle East
Soybean college offers tips for profitability
Webcast helps users maximize soybean yield in double cropping systems

LIVESTOCK

59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled
Beef checkoff-funded program selects regional finalists
Beef producers target college experience
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference set Aug. 13
Cattlemen to gather July 6
Champions selected at Missouri Angus Preview Show
Colorado cattle group to have convention
Cool calves and heifers to maximize nutrition effectiveness
Darnall Ranch selected as the commercial producer of the year
First Master Cattleman Youth Challenge set for July
Griffin named beef fellow, Signal Service recipient
Groups urge FCC to consider rural communities in spectrum auction
Japanese convenience stores upgrade image with U.S. beef
KBC rolls out new ground beef school lunch recipes
Livestock owners encouraged to watch for rabies symptoms
Maintain bull power during breeding season
MCA supports removal of the White River National Blueway designation
NCTA beef courses give students dose of reality
Nebraska Cattlewoman attends elite beef industry conference
Nebraska Hereford Association seeking secretary/manager
Online auction will raise funds for Hereford research
Pasture-to-Plate Tour teaches chefs about beef production
Pork producers should be prepared
Rebuilding herds, marketing cattle discussed at Beefmaster Field Day
Rice County woman pleads guilty in cattle fraud
Russell selected to lead Missouri Beef Industry Council
Shade can keep cattle cool, help save sensitive water habitats
Survey shows increase in resistance to drug therapies in bovine respiratory disease cases
Sustainable ranching courses offered in July
Take precautions against heat stress
Tax implications of selling beef herd
Time to demystify swine production

EDITOR

A refresher
Declaration of Independence
Worst of both worlds

COLUMNS

Barn brainstorming
Cricket, she's just not that into you
Farm bill betrayal?
Farm tire plant reaches milestone
Farmers take a risk to make a living
Large fans installed at Expo Center
Lenexa, Kan. firm earns praise
Online advice from soil firm
Software package helps producers with data
This is being a United States citizen
Which form of energy production do you hate the least?

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather helps planting catch up missouri
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids mixed
Harvest progresses with sunny weather oklahoma
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter sales report
Hot, dry conditions prevail colorado
Irrigation, crop management part of busy week arkansas
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock market report
Most of state sees precipitation texas
Most selling steady, new crop being baled
North Arkansas Livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precip needed for hay crop, pastures wyoming
Rain showers, temps help advance crop development south dakota
Rainfall helps crops progress nebraska
Some areas receive much-needed rain kansas
Springfield dairy cattle sales
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture remains scarce new mexico
Tulia livestock auction report
Unsettled weather observed montana
Warm, mostly dry weather helps planting progress iowa
Wet conditions continue to delay crop progress minnesota
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Grazing Improvement Act passes House Natural Resources Committee
Iowa groups ask Vilsack to waive date that affects forage use
Native warm-season grasses weather drought, provide other benefits
Sandhills ranches maintained for future generations

FAMILY

A low-intensity, no-feed approach to water garden management
Attracting wildlife to your lawn or garden
Contemporary Wallace has space for all
Cooking up retail trust
Cracks can cause hazards in trees; inspection from industry certified arborists can prevent severe p
Diagnosing plant problems
Entries open for columnist contest
Lost trust in marriage
Meditation
NRCS, landowners improve habitat for at-risk species
Sizzling with savory and sweet
Youth learn how to candle, grade eggs at 4-H Poultry Day

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