4:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

National Pork Month is on the horizon

October is National Pork Month, but Missouri has already begun its celebrations.

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4:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Low feed means more hogs sent to market

This little piggy went to market. So did a lot of the others.
USGS Wikimedia Commons

The gravel road leading to Harrison Creek Farms is sandwiched between one field of withering corn, and one field of stunted soybeans. The drought has hurt farmers like Kenny Brinker who owns Brinker Farms and Harrison Creek Farms in Auxvasse, Mo.

“The hog farm we have here in Callaway County is what you call your standard feral to finish operation," he says. "We own the hogs ourselves."

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10:11 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Crate question looms over pork producers

Elite Pork Partnership keeps sows and piglets inside in facilities like this one Carroll, Iowa.
Sarah McCammon Harvest Public Media

Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.

“I know what that means to carry feed in 5-gallon buckets through the mud and through the snow and through the heat,” he said. “And I understand what it takes to try to keep animals alive in those extreme kinds of temperatures.”

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Science, Health and Technology
10:02 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Hardee’s to end use of gestation crates

Gestation crates for sows
Wikimedia Commons

The fast food chain Hardee’s says it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use gestation crates – the cramped metal cages where many industrial pork producers house pregnant sows for most of their adult lives.

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Talking Politics
1:11 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Talking Politics for April 10, 2012

Legislation before the General Assembly could lock in the legality of current livestock farming methods.

This week on Talking Politics, KBIA and Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports on ongoing strife between hog farmers and animal rights activists--a battle which could be decided by state legislators.