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Weekly Livestock Market Report

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Here are the Alabama and Georgia livestock market reports for the week ending March 24th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states. Read the rest of this entry »

Amid Brazil Scandal, Groups Urging Reconsideration of COOL

BrazilAmid a meat safety issue in Brazil and a trade priorities list from President Trump, some groups are calling for the reconsideration of country-of-origin meat labeling. COOL was repealed by Congress in late 2015 when the World Trade Organization authorized retaliatory measures against the U.S. because of the legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

Farm to Fork Tours Funded by Beef Checkoff Dollars

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In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Cliff Coddington from Bradenton, Florida has seen the success with Farm to Fork tours he’s helped to conduct over the past few years. And he knows these opportunities would not have been available if it wasn’t for the beef checkoff. Read the rest of this entry »

Adding Insurance as Part of Dairy Safety Net

dairy insurance safety netWednesday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. During that meeting, a dairy industry leader said he believes dairy producers going forward should have both a safety net and commodity insurance options in their risk management toolbox. Rod Bain has the first part of the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Lauderdale County Junior Cattlemen Preparing Meals for Elderly

left to right: Jonah Danley, Brian Smith, Brock Killen, Shaler Hankins

left to right: Jonah Danley, Brian Smith, Brock Killen, Shaler Hankins

Every Thursday, the Lauderdale County Junior Cattlemen’s Association is busy gathering and preparing full beef meals and hand delivering them to elderly, sick/shut in’s and widows/widowers in that county. Their focus has been on, but not limited to, retired farmers, cattlemen and their families. Brian Smith, with the Lauderdale County Cattlemen’s Association, says this is a beef promotion and they call them “ZIP Meals”, because beef is of course full of Zinc, Iron, and Protein. Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Groups Want Disease Protection in Farm Bill

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Beef, turkey, sheep and pork industry representatives all testified in favor of a stronger program to protect animals from disease, especially foot-and-mouth disease. The Hagstrom Report says the groups gave testimony on Tuesday at a hearing before the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council both testified in favor of spending $150 million on an FMD vaccine bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil Meat Scandal an “Economic Embarrassment”

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Brazil President Michel Temer (Mee’-shell Tuh-mehr’) called the recent scandal around Brazil’s sale of expired meats to other countries an “economic embarrassment” on Tuesday while more countries suspended meat imports from his nation. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA on Tainted Brazilian Meat

None Has Entered U.S., 100 Percent Re-Inspection Instituted

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced additional steps to keep the food supply safe for American families in light of the recent investigations of Brazil’s meat industry.

While none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal have shipped meat products to the United States, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil upon hearing reports of the Brazilian investigation.  FSIS has also increased its examination of all these products at ports-of-entry across the country. The agency will indefinitely maintain its 100% re-inspection and pathogen testing of all lots of FSIS-regulated products imported from Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

House Agriculture Committee Evaluates Current Dairy Policy

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The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s series to examine all aspects of the next farm bill. Committee members heard from industry representatives who gave a general overview of the current state of the dairy industry and highlighted some of the challenges they are facing. Read the rest of this entry »

Strengthening Dairy Safety Net Program Must be Priority as Farm Bill Discussions Commence

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As Congress begins its deliberations on the next farm bill, improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program must be a top priority for lawmakers, said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, who spoke today before the House Agriculture Committee.

During the farm bill hearing on Capitol Hill, Mulhern told committee members that the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) is failing to live up to its intended role as a viable economic safety net for farmers, and that a series of changes is needed to restore dairy producers’ confidence in the program. Mulhern’s full testimony can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil Beef Scandal Limiting Global Options for Buyers

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A sanitary inspection bribery scheme in Brazil means less options for global buyers of beef. That could mean more opportunity to export U.S. beef to nations seeking to block imports from Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Subcommittee Examines Livestock Producer Perspectives on Next Farm Bill

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Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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