U.S. bacon prices rise

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Associated Press: A virus has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, threatening pork production and increasing prices by 10% or more.

Estimates vary, but one economist believes case data indicate more than 6 million piglets in 27 states have died since porcine epidemic diarrhea showed up in the U.S. last May. A more conservative estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the nation's pig herd has shrunk at least 3 percent to about 63 million pigs since the disease appeared.

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