sustainability

Animal Agriculture Alliance debuts Sustainability Impact Report

Dan Livestock

On Monday, the Animal Agriculture Alliance released its “Sustainability Impact Report” focusing on animal agriculture in the U.S. The report highlights how the animal agriculture industry shares the same values as today’s consumer with its never-ending commitment to animal care, environmental stewardship, responsible antibiotic use, food safety and nutrition. The 33-page report covers nine industries: dairy, beef, veal, pork, chicken, …

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Meat Inspections, Livestock Price Reports Continue During Shutdown

Dan Livestock, Pork

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors and agency employees who produce the twice-daily livestock price reports remain on the job despite the ongoing government shutdown. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), early last year, strongly urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem as essential FSIS meat inspectors and the Agricultural Marketing Service staff responsible for operating and administering the Livestock Mandatory …

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Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida invites everyone to attend the Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival, January 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Forest off Waldo Road in Gainesville, FL. During the family-friendly festival, you can enjoy prescribed fire demonstrations, fire ecology tours, live wildlife, live music, food trucks, exhibits, quail mascot Burner …

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Checkoff-Funded Beef Quality Assurance Program’s Online Certification Option Reaches Major Milestone

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education, Industry News Release

More than 50,000 Have Been Certified through New, Convenient Process More than 50,000 cattle producers have been certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program’s new online learning system since it was first offered in February 2017. Throughout the country hundreds of thousands have now become BQA-certified through in-person and online training, with an estimated 80 percent of the U.S. fed …

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More Women Returning to the Farm in Management Roles

Dan Industry News Release

Knowing that women approach business with different priorities can help farm and ranch families maximize their effectiveness in management roles. This was the theme of the “Making Room for Women Managing Family Business” workshop, presented by Jeanne Bernick, principal and market strategist with KCoe Isom, at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention. “We’re seeing more and more women …

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Plenty of Agriculture Trade Opportunities for U.S. and Europe

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

There continues to be abundant opportunities for farm trade between the United States and the European Union despite the omission of agriculture in the European list of negotiating areas on a potential free trade agreement, European agricultural leaders said during a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention. U.S. farmers and farm state lawmakers have pushed hard …

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The News Service Has: Five Questions for Nikki Fried

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Nikki Fried was sworn in last week as state agriculture commissioner, becoming the first woman elected to run the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She also is the only Democrat holding statewide office and the first Democrat on the state Cabinet in eight years. Fried is an attorney from Fort Lauderdale who was a student-body president at the …