It’s amazing how fast we’ve transitioned from winter to spring in the upper Midwest. Less than 3 weeks ago we had snow drifts and ice everywhere. On Thursday of this past week, near Waterloo, Iowa I saw 2 farmers applying … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Is US agriculture too big?
On Friday, March 12, there was a joint USDA – US Department of Justice workshop on market concentration issues at Ankeny, Iowa. This workshop was the first of 4 planned workshops to be held in various regions of the US. … Continue reading
This week I was a speaker at the Iowa regional swine seminars sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producer Association and Iowa State University. While the industry still is reeling from the loss in equity the past 2 years, at every … Continue reading
Is it time for a PRRS eradication effort?
I am at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting in Omaha. At the same time, the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have just wrapped their annual meetings in Kansas City. A hot topic … Continue reading
Ice storms and the Dufus Factor
At every meeting where I talk about the ‘Dufus Factor’ I ask for a show of hands of who in the audience has been involved in removal of dead pigs from a production facility following a power outage. I have … Continue reading