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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 »

Consumer Groups Rally Against Rollbacks

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A dozen consumer groups have banded together to work against legislation that would make it more difficult for the government to issue regulations. The groups have dubbed it the “filthy food act,” which they say will make it more difficult to keep the American food supply safe. 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 »

3.3% Rise Seen in 2017 Soybean Acres

soybean acresThe U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its Prospective Plantings Report on March 31. In the days leading up to it, several organizations are making predictions as to what the report will show. An Ag Web Dot Com article says Met Life Agricultural Finance is the latest to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Ag Assistant Lists Administration Priorities


North Carolina native Ray Starling is still new to his role as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Agricultural Trade, and Food Assistance. 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 »

Wet ‘Dry Season’ Damaged Valuable Ornamentals

by Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

wetFlorida’s winters are usually dry, but the wet winter of 2015-2016 helped spread pathogens that destroyed ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County. That’s a problem in an area where the industry generated an estimated $998 million annually in sales in 2015, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. Read the rest of this entry »

Rabo AgriFinance Partnering with FFA to Support Agriculture’s Future

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Rabo AgriFinance has announced it will increase its donation to the National FFA organization, serving as a Five Star sponsor of FFA. 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 »

USDA Targets $6 Million for Wildfire Relief

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The Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated $6 million to help aid farmers and ranchers recovering from recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

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