Defining ‘organic’ in a changing world

What does “organic” mean to you? Is food grown hydroponically organic? Consumers, producers and regulators at times have their own understanding of how organically produced food is or should be. To some, certain parts of the production process are more valuable, or more relevant to, the label than others.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

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Dairy farmers use fitness trackers to monitor cows — Associated Press Dairy farmers now track moo-vement and a bunch of udder data. The dairy industry is turning to fitness trackers to monitor cows’ health and […]

How to store grain and reduce mycotoxin risks

Now that it’s April, farmers in the Northern Hemisphere are shaking off the dregs of winter and preparing for a busy spring. And with the planting, growing and harvesting seasons come the concern for mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are nasty toxins produced by the mold growing on a wide variety of agricultural crops. When consumed by humans […]

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Why build multi-story pig houses? — Pig Progress One Chinese pig producer has chosen to construct sow houses with up to 13 levels. According to the company, economy of scale, efficiency and healthy pigs are […]

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Five high-tech farming trends — Pork Business Just as it influences our living conditions, diets and society as a whole, technology is revolutionizing the world of plant and animal farming. Agriculture expert Lowell Catlett outlines […]

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New guidelines on preventing and treating ‘equine strep throat’ — University of Pennsylvania Just as strep throat can run rampant in elementary schools, strangles, the “strep throat” of horses, is highly contagious. Veterinarians have an […]

Up in the air — Drones aid in fight against mycotoxins

The appearance of mycotoxins in a field of crops isn’t usually an isolated instance. The toxins, which are produced by fungal growth on plants, can have a widespread presence in any given growing season. When one region suffers through a bad episode with a mycotoxin, nearby areas tend to struggle as well.

That’s why farmers […]

How climate change affects agriculture

Since the creation of our Earth, its climate has seen many changes. Temperatures and humidity have been in flux over millennia; as these change, so do the growing conditions of our crops and the mycotoxin-producing fungi that grow on them.

These changes have significant implications to today’s growers. In the past century, a combination of […]

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The genius who solved the porcine ileitis puzzle — Pig Progress Renowned veterinary researcher Dr. Gordon Lawson passed away early this year. In remembrance of him, Pig Progress takes a look at Lawson’s contributions to […]

FDA pushes back FSMA produce requirements for water testing

The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) came into effect in early 2018 for the largest produce growers in the U.S., meaning that efforts to understand the rule and implement its requirements are well underway for many operations.

Smaller produce operations (those with between $250,000 and $500,000 in revenue) have another […]