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Mary Auth

Raised on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois, Mary Auth understands farmers and farming. She has long been directly involved with production agriculture. Mary has been a marketing and communications consultant to various sectors in the agricultural industry for more than 40 years. She has served as a consultant for ag commodity groups, farming operations, seed organizations and agricultural legal services. When she’s not providing critical insights and perspectives to any number of ag initiatives, she enjoys traveling the globe, meeting friends old and new, and continuing learning about how people communicate. Mary is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Ag Leadership Program. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.

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Posts  |  Swine

U.S. Hog Numbers Are Up 3 Percent

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced there are 77.7 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms – up 3 percent from September 2018, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2019. The numbers were released in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published September 30.

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October is National Pork Month

If you visit the National Pork Board web site, you can download a number of tasty recipes to celebrate what the Board calls “Porktober”. So be ready to serve up some yummy meals.

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Deadline for Ag Innovation Challenge application is October 14

Time is running short, but if you are a Farm Bureau member and have a value-added protein production or processing idea, you can apply for the American Farm Bureau Federation 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The deadline for application is October 14. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.

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Posts  |  Poultry

You can buy a chicken house at Amazon: But would you?

Seems you can buy anything from Amazon, including a chicken house. Amazon may be the answer to the hobby chicken breeder, but let’s face it, you need seasoned and experienced engineers to design and build a facility to house large broiler operations.

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Where Will Your Feet Take You This Fall?

  Summertime may be coming to a close, but vacations are still on some folk’s radar screens. What’s that got to do with producing animal protein?  If you are planning a vacation outside the U.S. you are in a precarious position to bring home something foreign.  Be careful of the souvenirs that travel home with you.

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Posts  |  Swine

Profitability Returns to Hog Market

Swine producers are welcoming the return to profitable prices – largely due to increase exports to markets historically serviced by China and to China. The African Swine Fever continues to cut into China herd losses, creating a greater demand to fill production holes.

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