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Scaling up: 4 ways hog farms changed since the 1990s
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Scaling up: 4 ways hog farms changed since the 1990s

The pork industry shifted dramatically over the past three decades. A USDA report tracks how the industry moved away from small operations to CAFOs, production contracts and specialization.

The Field Report: Morality at the center of Supreme Court arguments over raised pigs in crates

The Field Report: Morality at the center of Supreme Court arguments over raised pigs in crates

Plus, the Department of Justice updates the H-2A program and a new study shows climate change exacerbates farm runoff.
Next on the Supreme Court docket: farm animal welfare

Next on the Supreme Court docket: farm animal welfare

Oral arguments begin next week in a case targeting California’s Proposition 12, a law that bans the sale of pigs raised in confinement. The ruling has implications for a wide range of other environmental and public health laws.
Scaling up: The weighty impact of hog farming's evolution?

Scaling up: The weighty impact of hog farming's evolution?

Since the 1990s, hog farms have gotten bigger, more specialized and more productive, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Research Service. 
As African Swine Fever plagues other countries, the U.S. works to keep it out

As African Swine Fever plagues other countries, the U.S. works to keep it out

A highly contagious pig disease most recently has been detected in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
North Carolina: Smithfield project that converts hog waste to energy worries nearby residents

North Carolina: Smithfield project that converts hog waste to energy worries nearby residents

The N.C. Division of Air Quality granted Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy one of the permits they need to move forward in completing a controversial project to create natural gas by using hog waste in Sampson and Duplin County.

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