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Closure of Smithfield and other plants forces South Dakota pork producers to consider desperate measures

The closure of major pork processing plants across the U.S. has state officials and pork producers in South Dakota planning for the worst — the potential euthanization of thousands of hogs that cannot be sold.

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Murphy-Brown appealing gag order in North Carolina hog farm trials

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Bringing the “farm” back to hog farming

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Treatment, taste and trends

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Hog waste-to-gas: Renewable energy or more hot air?

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Neutering nuisance laws in North Carolina

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Swine workers on front lines in fight against antibiotic resistance

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Pork, political sway and provoked communities

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“My number one concern is water”

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