By Fadi Didi
The president of the American National Farmers Union spoke out recently in Winnipeg about competition and consolidation in the agricultural industry.
Roger Johnson says while there are pros and cons to everything in life, these mergers are ultimately having negative impacts on agriculture.
Johnson says the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and the heads of Bayer and Monsanto was troubling as he thinks politicians are not supposed to get involved in these types of big mergers.
Hormel Foods says Tuesday it has stopped accepting hogs from a pork supplier in Oklahoma after an animal rights group released undercover video from a farm the supplier owns showing pigs in crowded pens and being hit with gas cans.
The company says is investigating the facility owned by The Maschhoffs, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S.
Hormel says third-party auditors would go to other Maschhoffs sites to check animal care standards.
The company says it won't tolerate violations of its strict policies on animal care and welfare.
Nearly four thousand pigs have been killed in a barn fire east of Sarnia.
Ontario Provincial police say the blaze broke out Tuesday morning and quickly spread throughout the barn in the town of Plympton-Wyoming.
Police say there is nothing suspicious about the fire at this point and the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.
No humans were injured in the fire.
An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December.
But the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages.
That means a pound of bacon may cost a little more as winter wears on, but prices should stabilize by summer.
Pork bellies are usually stockpiled in freezers at the end of the year and the first few months of the next year to get through the summer peak months when bacon consumption is highest.