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USDA Sued Over Poultry Production Speeds
Unions say the USDA's policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds faster endangers workers and makes it harder to protect against COVID-19.
Jul 28th, 2020
Healthy Pigs Killed Amid Meat Backlog
It’s a result of colliding forces as plants that normally process up to 20,000 hogs a day are closing because of ill workers.
May 1st, 2020
Officials Ask Tyson to Close Pork Plant
The Iowa pork processing plant employs nearly 3,000 workers.
Apr 20th, 2020
Industry Scrambles to Stop Fatal Bird Flu
The industry was devastated by a large outbreak in 2015 that led to the killing of millions of chickens and turkeys.
Apr 10th, 2020
Video Shows Suffering at IA Lawmaker's Pig Farm
An animal welfare group accessed a hog farm last spring owned by an Iowa senator and recorded disturbing conditions on video and in photos.
Jan 24th, 2020
Slaughter Rules Mean More Safety Tasks
Some are slamming new regulations that place responsibilities once held by federal inspectors in the hands of meat company employees.
Sep 18th, 2019
Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy
Corn production has nearly doubled in the past 30 years, and without an ever-larger ethanol market farmers fear demand could plunge.
Jul 15th, 2019
Vegetable Seed Developer Wins World Food Prize
His name is Groot. He's a guardian of high-quality seeds for tropical environments.
Jun 10th, 2019
Law on Undercover Workers Struck Down
The Iowa law made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation.
Jan 14th, 2019
Organic Farmers Vow to Compete
The dairy industry, like much of U.S. farming, has trended toward fewer but larger farms since the 1980s.
Aug 9th, 2018
Trade, Immigration, Biofuel Policies Hit Farmers
Many farmers are more worried than ever about their ability to continue eking out an existence in agriculture.
Jul 17th, 2018
Salmonella in Chicken Salad Kills 1
Out of the 265 illnesses, 94 people were hospitalized.
Apr 11th, 2018