senators

Pro-Trade Republicans Unhappy with U.S. NAFTA Positions

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Pro-trade Republicans are increasingly worried that the Trump Administration will pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) , rather than negotiate a deal that keeps core benefits intact. As the fifth round of talks winds up on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Republican Charlie Dent says, “I think the administration is playing a dangerous game with the sunset provision.” He …

turkey

Turkey Farmers Feel Pain from GIPSA

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

Just days from Thanksgiving, some turkey farmers are feeling the effects of Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s decision to pull out of the final interim GIPSA  (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration) rule. Politico reports that just hours after the announcement, Plainville Farms of Pennsylvania presented its farmers with updated contracts that required the producers to make costly upgrades to their …

livestock

Livestock Haulers Get Waiver from ELDs Regulations

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted drivers who haul livestock a 90-day waiver from a regulation that could have negative effects on animal well-being, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). NPPC requested on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and other livestock sectors a waiver from a requirement that certain drivers install Electronic Logging …

ncga

NCGA Encouraging Farmers to Fill Out USDA-NASS Surveys

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is urging farmers to spend the few minutes needed to fill out and return USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Surveys. The surveys ask for crop-specific data and the results help USDA help farmers. Steve Ebke, a Nebraska farmer and the current NCGA Risk Management Action Team Chairman, says it’s important that growers fill out …

thanksgiving

Putnam Provides Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Celebrations

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Poultry

Ahead of Thanksgiving, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are providing tips to ensure a safe holiday weekend. The following tips can help prevent wildfire: Avoid burning yard debris on dry, windy days. Never leave a fire or outdoor heat source unattended. Set up turkey fryers and grills at least 10 feet away from the …

food safety

USDA Audit Finds Problems in Brazil’s Food Safety System

Dan Beef, Industry News Release

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service found several problems in Brazil’s meat inspection system. FSIS conducted inspection audits on-site in Brazil from May 15 to June 2. The goal was to determine if Brazil’s food safety system is comparable to the one in America and capable of exporting safe, wholesome, and unadulterated foods that are labeled and packaged correctly. …

monsanto

Monsanto On Track for Carbon Neutrality in 2021

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

Monsanto announced that it’s on track to reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021. The company expects to meet the commitment it first made in December of 2015. Operational improvements have already reduced Monsanto’s carbon footprint by more than 200,000 metric tons. That’s a reduction about equal to burning 200,000 fewer tons of coal. The rate of reduction …

growth energy

Growth Energy Applauds House Support for Advanced Biofuels

Dan Biotechnology, Energy, Industry News Release

Growth Energy applauds a letter from 18 members of the House to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dealing with cellulosic and advanced biofuels. Donald Payne, Jr., Ruben Gallego , and 16 of their colleagues sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to increase their blending targets for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel for the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations. …