House Adopts New Rules

By Sarah Lemagie – Session Daily

The House has adopted new rules for floor debate, including a controversial change to the way that legislators can offer amendments to bills.

In a 69-59 vote early Tuesday morning, the House approved new Permanent Rules, which guide bill movement and floor debate. The vote followed a contentious, 9.5-hour debate, much of which centered on a new requirement that amendments be filed the day before a bill goes to the floor for debate.

It’s a potentially major change to the daily rhythm of the House, where amendments have often been proposed and argued at a moment’s notice. DFLers who proposed the new deadline say it will make the legislative process more transparent and deliberative, and help avert errors made when lawmakers vote on amendments without having a chance to study their impact. Read more

A 50-Year Comparison of the Carbon Footprint and Resource Use of the U.S. Pig Herd

50 year Comparison Carbon Footprint

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Learn more: Pig Farmers: Calculate Your Farm’s Carbon Footprint

How Hog Farmers Reduced Their Carbon Footprint:

  • Availability of better genetics
  • Adoption of new technologies
  • Climate-controlled barns that are specifically designed for pig care and protection
  • Fewer sows giving birth outside
  • Advances in understanding the nutritional needs of pigs
  • Improved on-farm practices to conserve and manage resources
  • Precision manure application and advancements in manure storage have enhanced the benefits of the nutrient cycle

Sow Housing

There are many different types of acceptable housing types in use by U.S. hog farmers for housing gestating sows. These housing types usually fit in one of two categories:

  • Individual housing
  • Group housing

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) have reviewed existing scientific literature on sow housing and have published position statements that concluded that both types of housing types have advantages and disadvantages. Read more