AgView helping pork producers prepare for animal health emergencies

IARN — Momentum with AgView continues to grow, as over 800 producer users are currently using the pig movement tracking platform. With more than half a million movements recorded last year from pig farmers, Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board assistant chief veterinarian, said this acceptance continues to grow with the latest update of “peacetime” sharing. Read more

Budget allocation for farm bill priorities

IARN — The current farm bill debate is not easy to navigate. How do you determine which areas of the bill need more funding and how much funding should be allocated to each portion of the bill? Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says the policy priorities of the bill are the most important things to determine first. Read more

U.S. pork still seeing strong momentum in Dominican Republic

IARN — U.S. pork exports to the Dominican Republic reached new heights last year and haven’t missed a beat in 2023. January exports climbed 28% year-over-year to more than 8,000 metric tons, while export value jumped 67% to nearly $24 million. Lucia Ruano, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) regional representative for Central America and the Dominican Republic, said that consumer education efforts- funded by the USDA Market Access Program and the National Pork Board- have helped bolster demand for U.S. pork. Read more

Spring is here, but the weather won’t change instantly

IARN — Not much has changed in the drought monitor over the past week. Spring may have officially sprung, but that doesn’t mean the weather is going to instantaneously change. However, even with little change, we are still trending in the right direction. Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan provided a breakdown of the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report. Read more

New Fendt tractor brings flexibility to farmers

IARN — The Fendt 200 Vario series tractor was introduced to North America in early 2023 and brings more options to farmers and their operations. David Soliday a senior marketing manager for Fendt tractors says that the 200 series offers a lot of versatility for farmers. Read more