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Pig Virus May Lead to Bacon Shortage

A virus that scientists believe came from China has killed millions of baby pigs and it may push the price of pork up by 10%. The virus is not harmful to humans or other animals, but is deadly to baby pigs and had already spread to 27 states. No one knows how it got into the country or how it spread but the federal government is looking into it.

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Getty Images, photo by Joern Pollex
Getty Images, photo by Joern Pollex

In Washington State, Pig Farmers are Using Leftovers From Marijuana Maufacturing to Feed Pigs

Since marijuana has become legal in Washington state, pig farmers are taking advantage of the waste from the manufacturing process and feeding it to their pigs. Growers have a problem figuring out what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves, so one group came up with the idea of feeding it to the pigs.

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Feral Pig Population Growing at an Alarming Rate

The wild pig population in America is going wild; all across the country the population of feral pigs is growing at an alarming rate, doubling in size in just 20 years. It’s hard to be exact on the number of wild pigs but it was estimated 20 years ago the population was somewhere between 500,000 and 2 million, today that number has grown to 2 to 6 million.

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Antoine Antoniol / Getty Images

Somerset County Jail Opens Piggery

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went to jail? Well, kind of, there is a new program at the Somerset County Jail , where pigs will be raised for food and will offer an path for inmates to work outside and gain a new skill.

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Swine Slurry the Worst Smell in the World

Dr. George Preti is a ‘stink’ expert, from body odor to farm odor. He studies it all. In the mid-80’s he discovered how male and female armpit odors influence a women’s menstrual cycle. He has also discovered ‘swine slurry.’ You might have heard us talk about it today on the 'Morning Buzz.'

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