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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed the constitutionality of a California law banning the sale of pork from pigs confined in spaces with too little space to move freely that industry groups have said impermissibly regulates out-of-state farmers.
North Dakota’s wide-open spaces are attractive to hog producers in states such as Indiana and Iowa who are trying to improve biosecurity by spreading out barns. Soybean crush plants will soon be adding even more feed to the local supply, and manure is increasing in popularity as an alternative to commercial fertilizer.
Smithfield Foods Inc has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a lawsuit by consumers who accused the meat producer and several competitors of conspiring to inflate prices in the $20 billion-a-year U.S. pork market by limiting supply.
Ranchers or farmers can donate meat, including beef, chicken and pork from North Dakota-raised livestock, or donors can give money that will be used to purchase the meat from ranches and farms within the state.
Wholestone Farms believes the butcher shop they are building on the site of its planned processing facility qualifies under current city ordinance. Opposition says a small operation is not the same as processing 6 million hogs a year.
Monday’s demonstration came just one day before Smithfield settled a price-fixing lawsuit, agreeing to pay out $42 million after allegedly conspiring to artificially inflate pork prices

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The World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producers Council, was held in Des Moines on June 8-10.
The new CEO of the National Pork Producers Council held previous leadership roles at the state and checkoff levels in the pork industry.
New leadership, branding and increased funding on behalf of American pork producers was announced by the National Pork Producers Council on Wednesday.

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