FARM LIFE NEWS
Building a Better Pig
Mon Dec 9, 2013 01:08 PM CST

Carl Blake is holding a tiny nugget of wiggling, squealing, culinary gold in his massive hands. Either black or brown, the piglets he scoops out of a pen on his northeast Iowa farm will dine on hydroponically grown barley and oat seedlings, sweet molasses, whole milk, as well as some grain for seven months. Blake tosses rectangular mats of green barley shoots and their tangled root mass into the pen where pigs scramble for the meal.

"Right there is the future of everything I've done for several years," says Blake, holding out a ...

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