Rural Missouri residents fight planned CAFO for 10,000 hogs

While Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called huge animal confinements “the next generation of Missouri agriculture,” people who must live next them are increasingly fighting back.
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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

HARLAN, Iowa—Over a lunch of burgers and pork tacos, Ron Rosmann talks about everything from bluegrass music to one of his favorite authors, Mari Sandoz.

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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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