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Local Food Producers - Friend or Faux

We’ve all been bamboozled by false claims of one kind or another. Terms like “Real”, “Natural”, “Approved” – even “Free” don’t always hold true when you take a closer look under the covers. Well, now you can add “Local” to the growing list of trendy yet questionable marketing terms.

It appears that marketers drank the Kool-Aid and are cashing in on the social trend to shop, eat, buy and support local and there’s nothing wrong with that, provided that the goods or services promoted…

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Added by Marcia Woods, ei•ei•eat on July 24, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

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Judge Denies Restraining Order in Labor Dispute Involving Tennessee Pork Company

A federal judge has denied the U.S. Department of Labor’s request for a temporary restraining order against Tosh Farms, a pork company based in Henry, Tennessee, accused of retaliating against employees who questioned their pay.

Swaggerty’s Farm Expands Tennessee Plant to Double Production Capacity

Swaggerty’s Farm, a family-owned pork sausage maker, is set to expand its production capacity for the second time in four years at its headquarters in eastern Tennessee. The company announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot facility that will significantly boost output.

USDA awards $22.2 million to protect animal health

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding more than $22.2 million to enhance prevention, preparedness, early detection, and rapid response to the most damaging diseases that threaten US livestock, according to a recent government-issued press release. 

Lean hog futures close mixed - CME

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures ended mixed on Friday, amid growing uncertainty over packer interest after the US Memorial Day holiday weekend, Reuters reported, citing traders.

Small-scale swine disease surveillance project launched in Alberta, Canada

“This project is very similar to the Small Flock Disease Investigation Program but is designed to target swine producers, both small-scale domestic and wild boar producers, who have 10 sows or fewer, or who market 100 pigs or fewer per year,”

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