ASF Found in Belgium and Spreading in China

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

Belgian authorities confirmed that the African Swine Fever (ASF) Virus has been found in their country. That’s adding to increasing worries about the virus moving into western Europe. The trade association website Meating Place Dot Com says the country’s food safety agency has found the virus in two wild boars in the southern part of the country. Belgian authorities are …


USDA Says Meat and Animal Product Exports up in 2018

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

All major U.S. animal protein sources experienced growth in exports in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service said this week that trade data for the first half of the year indicate year-over-year growth for U.S. exports of all major meats as well as dairy and eggs. Dairy …


UGA Extension Hosting Advanced Grazing School

Dan Cattle, Georgia, Livestock

University of Georgia (UGA) Extension will host a two-day Advanced Grazing School September 18-19, designed to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of two key aspects of their grazing systems. The focus areas include choosing the right pasture species, designing a grazing system that works best for your operation, and how to profitably fertilize pastures for optimal performance. The two …

cell culture

USDA, FDA Announce Joint Public Meeting on Use of Animal Cell Culture Technology

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a joint public meeting to be held on Oct. 23-24 to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint public meeting, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service …


Agri View: Overhauling Livestock Hauling

Dan Agri View, Cattle, Livestock

Everett Griner talks about laws changing for the over-the-road livestock hauler in today’s Agri View. Overhauling Livestock Hauling It will be very difficult to produce livestock without trucks to haul it. Not many people, besides the truckers themselves and the farmers, realize the tough laws that truckers have to live with. They cannot move a load more than 11 hours …

african swine

African Swine Fever Accelerating in China

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

China reported a new case of African swine fever this week, raising risks of a further spread of the disease. The new outbreak is the seventh reported since early August. A Rabobank analyst told Reuters that “it looks like it’s accelerating,” and creating the expectation that farmers will start selling off pigs before they are forced to cull animals if …

trade mitigation

USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Economy, Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Livestock, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun …


China Suspends Hog Transportation Due to Swine Fever

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

China has suspended transportation of live hogs from provinces infected with African Swine Fever. Reuters says the Chinese Ag Minister will also shut down all live hog markets in the infected provinces. Pork is a staple meat in China, which has reported five cases of swine fever in five different provinces over the past month. The outbreak is prompting Chinese …