hogs http://kbia.org en USDA makes PED reportable disease http://kbia.org/post/usda-makes-ped-reportable-disease <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Hog farmers are now required to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2014/faq_ped_reporting.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">report outbreaks</a>&nbsp;of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">U.S. Department of Agriculture</span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:11:52 +0000 Amy Mayer 51673 at http://kbia.org USDA makes PED reportable disease Exploding manure pits; startup business competition http://kbia.org/post/exploding-manure-pits-startup-business-competition <p></p><p>It’s about that time of year when hog farmers begin the annual process of pumping a year’s worth of manure out of the pits under their barns. The nutrient-rich slurry will fertilize cropland. But there’s an ongoing problem in these pits: a mysterious foam that sometimes forms on the manure. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer explains, no one quite understands why gases get trapped in the pits, but the foam has been causing explosions. That’s right; this is a story about exploding manure pits.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:53:42 +0000 Kristofor Husted 40800 at http://kbia.org Exploding manure pits; startup business competition Exploding manure worries hog producers http://kbia.org/post/exploding-manure-worries-hog-producers <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Howard Hill pulls his red Chevy pick-up truck up to a barn near Union, Iowa, that houses 1,000 of his hogs. In the truck’s bed is a 55-pound bag of Rumensin 90, a common antibacterial ingredient in cattle feed that helps reduce bloating. Pigs don’t eat it. Hill brought it here to dump into the manure pit under the hogs.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Amy Mayer 40741 at http://kbia.org Exploding manure worries hog producers New test could help quell spread of hog disease http://kbia.org/post/new-test-could-help-quell-spread-hog-disease <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help with the fight against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:03:10 +0000 Amy Mayer 40609 at http://kbia.org New test could help quell spread of hog disease Hog-farming cousins add aquaculture to mix http://kbia.org/post/hog-farming-cousins-add-aquaculture-mix <p></p><p>Americans eat millions of pounds of fish and seafood and government figures show that 80 percent of it is imported. But two cousins in Iowa are hoping to find a place in that market by investing in aquaculture in a part of the country where pork is king.</p><p>Jeff and Mark Nelson have raised corn and hogs for years, but they were looking to diversify their operation. Farm raised fish in Iowa has been tried before but with limited success. It involved outdoor ponds and mostly catfish. The Nelsons’ have moved their venture inside.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:43:56 +0000 Pat Blank 36824 at http://kbia.org Hog-farming cousins add aquaculture to mix Midwestern hog farmers contend with outbreak of porcine virus http://kbia.org/post/midwestern-hog-farmers-contend-outbreak-porcine-virus <p>Hog farmers across the Midwest are battling a new virus this summer. It’s often fatal in very young piglets, and researchers are still trying to explain the outbreak.</p><p>Since mid-May, when Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PEDV was first identified in this country, it has spread quickly, turning up in 15 states. Over 218 pigs have been diagnosed.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:15:53 +0000 Amy Mayer 36782 at http://kbia.org Midwestern hog farmers contend with outbreak of porcine virus Niche market for hog farmers; financial tips from former US treasurer http://kbia.org/post/niche-market-hog-farmers-financial-tips-former-us-treasurer <p></p><p></p><p>The pork business certainly has its challenges. Hog farmers continually grapple with high feed prices, environmental hiccups and criticism from animal welfare groups. But some producers are creating a path to profitability by pursuing smaller, more specialized markets. From Iowa, Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has the story of Eden Farms.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:13:15 +0000 Kristofor Husted 32605 at http://kbia.org Niche market for hog farmers; financial tips from former US treasurer This little piggy has a market niche http://kbia.org/post/little-piggy-has-market-niche <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>There’s more than one way to sell a pig.</p><p>And when the hog market plunged to 8 cents a pound in 1998, Iowa producer Randy Hilleman decided it was time to make a change. Hilleman raises Berkshire pigs, a breed that’s fattier than traditional pigs and costs a little more to raise. Back then, that was hurting him.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:59:54 +0000 Amy Mayer 32601 at http://kbia.org This little piggy has a market niche