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December U.S. Meat Production Hits Record

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Red meat production in the United Stated totaled 4.4 billion pounds last month, up three percent from December of 2015, according to The Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 20, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 13, we talk about former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue being picked to serve as Agriculture Secretary, how efforts to see the withdrawal of WOTUS is happening on three different levels, have information about Southeast lawmakers serving on both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, strawberries Read the rest of this entry »

Uncertainty Ahead for Organic Animal Welfare Rule

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While the outgoing administration dumped a last-minute organic animal welfare rule on agriculture, Congress seems poised to block the new regulation, according to Politico. Bipartisan leadership from both the House and Senate agriculture committees condemned the rule following its announcement by the Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

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Calling him a champion for American agriculture and a strong advocate for sound science and the rule of law, the National Pork Producers Council endorsed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read the rest of this entry »

National Pork Producers Delegate Body Appointed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the appointment of 163 producers and five importers to the 2017 National Pork Producers Delegate Body.  The appointees were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer associations and importer groups and will serve a 1-year term.

The Delegate Body will be seated during the Feb. 27, 2017, to March 3, 2017, National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.  Appointed members representing pork producers by state are: Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Pres. on Sonny Perdue Ag Secretary Possible Nomination

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National Chicken Council President Mike Brown released the following statement in response to reports that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was to be nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief executive of Georgia and is acquainted with a wide array of agriculture commodities, from chicken and peanuts to cotton and timber. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

Another ‘Midnight’ Regulation Dumped On Farmers

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In another poke in the eye to agriculture, the Obama administration tomorrow will issue a regulation that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. The National Pork Producers Council will work with the Trump administration and Congress to repeal yet another “midnight” regulation. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Myths About the Veterinary Feed Directive

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The new requirements for the Veterinary Feed Directive were officially in effect as of January first, but not without misconceptions. Producers must obtain authorization or a prescription to purchase medically important antibiotics for use in animal feed and drinking water. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 13, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 13, USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their January crop reports Thursday, dairy operators are going to be surveyed over the next few months, U.S. farmers bought more tractors in 2016, Read the rest of this entry »

Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Practice of Horse Soring

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce a high stepping gait through the use of action devices, caustic chemicals, and other practices that cause horses to suffer, or reasonably be expected to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking or moving. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Poultry Industry Urged to Boost Biosecurity

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that a wild duck shot in Montana was carrying the H5N2 strain of avian influenza. And some are concerned the sick bird might be the forerunner to another avian influenza outbreak like the one which affected American poultry flocks back in 2014 and 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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