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Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB) — A new environmental study shows that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. …

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Strong August U.S. Pork Exports, Beef Exports Trail Last Year

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Pork

U.S. pork exports posted very strong results in August, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), but beef exports were below the record-large totals of August 2018. Joe Schuele has more details. August pork exports increased 22% from a year ago to 221,586 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 19% to …

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Meat Institute Challenging California Prop 12

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

(NAFB) — The North American Meat Institute last Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12, The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. The Meat Institute opposes the law because the organization claims the law will “hurt the nation’s food value chain by significantly increasing costs for producers and consumers.” The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court …

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Producers Invited to Attend Education Meetings

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Education, Equine, Field Crops, Fruits, Georgia, Hemp, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Trade, Vegetables, Water, Wheat

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural economists and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will jointly hold producer meetings throughout Georgia October 8-11. The meetings will address three major government support programs including disaster assistance, trade assistance and farm safety-net programs. Tyron Spearman has more details. Below are the meeting dates, times and locations: Oct. …

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ADAI Works with ALDOT to Issue No-Cost Hay Hauler Permits

Dan Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

MONTGOMERY, AL (ADAI-Oct. 2, 2019) — As a result of the extreme drought conditions in Alabama, state transportation and agriculture officials are working to issue special hay hauler permits. This no-cost process is a combined effort of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to provide emergency relief to livestock producers. Drought …

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Agriculture Groups Urge USDA to Quickly Establish Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank. At a press conference today, these groups recognized the steps USDA has taken to establish …

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USDA Runs National ASF Drill

Dan Pork

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a four-day African swine fever (ASF) exercise with state animal health officials, producers and other industry stakeholders. The drill simulated various outbreak scenarios as those attending worked through response protocols spanning disease investigations, a confirmed outbreak, depopulation and disposal, control zones and permitting processes. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Chief Veterinarian Liz …

Study Confirms ASF Survives in Animal Feed

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB) — Researchers at Kansas State University say African swine fever (ASF) can survive in feed grains, prompting greater concerns of the disease spreading. The research confirms the virus can survive a simulated 30-day transoceanic voyage in contaminated plant-based feed and ingredients. Detailed analysis shows the half-life of African swine fever in feed ranges from 9.6 to 14.2 days after …

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Japanese Trade Deal Good for Beef and Pork Producers

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork

The new U.S.-Japanese trade deal announced Wednesday addresses several agricultural and industrial tariffs. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky told AgNet Media, that the agreement will have a significant impact on several commodities, most notably the beef and pork industries. Censky said the agreement will allow both the U.S. beef and pork industries to compete more fairly. Japanese officials have indicated …