February 12, 2019
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Veterinarians urge producers to put emphasis on biosecurity
Biosecurity is like an annual flu shot. “We just always remind folks, hey, get your vaccines, cover your mouth when you sneeze. It’s the same thing with biosecurity. It’s a good thing to review and reassess our procedures,” said Dr. Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research with the National Pork Board.
While the U.S. pork industry focuses efforts on preventing the introduction of African Swine Fever into the country, biosecurity measures can help prevent and reduce the impacts of viruses like PRRS, porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome, as well as PEDV, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

No shockers in long-delayed crop reports
Brian Basting
Agricultural supply and demand estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture set the table each month for the grain market, pushing commodity prices up, down or sideways depending on the numbers. However, since the release of the Dec. 11 crop balance sheets, the trade was left to even more than normal speculation as the government shutdown kept the January USDA reports from being released. The supply and demand, quarterly grain stocks, winter wheat seedings and 2018 crop production summary were finally released Feb. 8 with no major surprises.

New technology improves sustainability
New Technology
A new technology is now available to help farmers improve sustainability while also sharing their progress along the food chain. Developed by Land O’ Lakes SUSTAIN, the Truterra Insights Engine service takes advantage of an emerging computer technology that automates data from 11,000 farm acres currently in the program, analyzes it and produces observations — or insights — into that information.

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