ARTICLES BY BETSY FREESE
What National Ag Day Means to Me By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:45am

National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in January. After a month in…

Swine virus surging By: 12/12/2013 @ 2:52pm

The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is on the rise in U.S. swine herds in December, as producers anticipated and dreaded as cold weather sets in. Testing data from the USDA National Animal Health…

Pork Powerhouses 2013: Disease hits, growth continues By: 09/30/2013 @ 3:16pm

The biggest issue for the nation’s largest pork producers at this moment isn’t an international merger, but an international virus.In May, a deadly viral disease never before seen in the U.S. broke in…

How do I keep it in top shape? By: 03/04/2013 @ 3:15pm

In this edition of Maintenance Q&A, we answer questions from readers who bought new equipment and want to know how to keep it in good working order.Release that airQ. Jake in Colorado bought an air…

What's leaking in the shop? By: 02/14/2013 @ 9:52am

In this edition of Maintenance Q&A, we answer questions from readers who are working on equipment in the shop and have concerns about leaks and hydraulic fittings.What is leaking?Q. Deb in North Carolina…

One farmer with big ideas By: 01/11/2013 @ 4:11pm

In July 1994, I started to assemble a ranking of the largest hog farmers in the U.S. While I was doing the initial research, someone told me I needed to talk to a big, blonde kid in Minnesota who had some…

Drought fuels feed cost jitters among pork giants By: 09/25/2012 @ 2:46pm

While most of the 2012 Pork Powerhouses grind their teeth over rising feed costs, the nation's largest pork producer -- Smithfield Foods -- is poised to take advantage of an earlier investment. Nearly a…

Kubota unveils new Grand X 'luxury workhorse' By: 05/15/2012 @ 9:48pm

Kubota Tractor Corp demonstrated its new generation of deluxe M-Series tractors to agricultural editors today in Nashville, Tennessee.The Grand X is available in four models, up to 118 PTO horsepower with a…

Pork Powerhouses: Midwest sows on the rise By: 09/26/2011 @ 4:01pm

The 25 largest U.S. pork producers grew by 84,000 sows this year, according to the 2011 Pork Powerhouses exclusive report. Ten of the companies on the list expanded, 12 reported the same number of sows, and…

World Pork Expo buzz By: 06/09/2011 @ 2:48pm

Two topics were top of mind by producers attending World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, this week. The first is a given: Feed costs are high and corn supplies are tight. “I am very concerned there won’t be…

Pork Powerhouses around the world By: 10/15/2010 @ 9:49am

After the release of our 2010 Pork Powerhouses report, which lists the largest 25 pork producers in the U.S., I had requests for information on sow numbers around the world. These are not easy numbers to find…

Pork Powerhouses 2010: Back in Black By: 09/14/2010 @ 4:05pm

How close was the U.S. swine industry to a total meltdown this year? When the hog market finally swung black in April, many of the Pork Powerhouses® were within weeks of disaster. Bankers were scrambling to…

Pork Powerhouses 2010: Back in Black By: 09/14/2010 @ 4:04pm

How close was the U.S. swine industry to a total meltdown this year? When the hog market finally swung black in April, many of the Pork Powerhouses® were within weeks of disaster. Bankers were scrambling to…

DeCoster never welcomed by Iowa pig industry By: 08/24/2010 @ 10:52am

I pulled up my Pork Powerhouses file on Jack DeCoster this morning, since he is making national news due to salmonella contamination in eggs from his Iowa farms. I first heard of DeCoster 16 years ago when I…

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