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NCC Statement on McDonald’s USA New Antibiotic Policy

From The National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – McDonald’s USA today announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

The National Chicken Council released the following statement, attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: Read the rest of this entry »

Tyson Foods Donates Truckload of Chicken to Food Bank

From the Animal Agriculture Alliance:

ATHENS, Ga. – March 2, 2015 – Today, Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition (CAO) and the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, donated a load of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia.

The 30,400 pound load of chicken, which will provide more than 120,000 servings of protein, arrived at the food bank today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Tyson Foods, the Alliance and the University of Georgia Dairy Club were present to help deliver the chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Market

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Today, Cathy Isom looks into how much we can expect to pay for our beef, pork and poultry this year.


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USMEF Chair Comments on West Coast Port Impasse

Leann Saunders

Leann Saunders

Issues with the West Coast port labor contract negotiations have many in agriculture concerned, and that includes U.S. Meat Export Federation Chair Leann Saunders. She says port congestion is causing major problems for U.S. meat exporters who rely on West Coast port operations to serve key Asian markets. Joe Schuele has more on this story.


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USDA Boosts Meat Output Forecast, Lowers Demand Outlook

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

The latest USDA numbers reveal increased US meat production, but lower trade numbers and prices. Rod Bain has the story.


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Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plan

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »

Profitability?

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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National Chicken Council Throws Support behind ‘RFS Reform Act’

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2015 – The National Chicken Council today voiced strong support for congressional action to fix our badly broken federal ethanol mandate, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), as Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) introduced the RFS Reform Act in the House of Representatives.

“I’d like to thank Representatives Goodlatte, Welch, Womack and Costa – the Four Horsemen – for introducing this Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 30, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have a story concerning the various issues of importance to cotton growers in Washington, we look at new technology for the oyster industry which can help fisheries across the Gulf Cost, and have a story about how chicken wings are Super Bowl winners.

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Fighting Old Safety Problems with Poultry

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom

Americans love to eat chicken. Cathy Isom reports in an effort to curb foodborne illnesses related to chicken and poultry such as Salmonella, the USDA is proposing new contamination safety standards the processors will need to meet.


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Deadline to Apply for Livestock Indemnity Program Assistance Is Today

USDAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds producers that today, January 30, is the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Livestock Indemnity Program for losses suffered from October 2011 through Read the rest of this entry »

Wing Toppings for the Big Event

chicken-wingsCindy Zimmerman has more information about chicken wings and how a lot of people will enjoy them during the Super Bowl this weekend.


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Report Suggests Four Focus Areas for Animal Protein Research

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is estimating a 73-percent increase in meat and egg consumption by 2050.


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Wings are Super Bowl Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Chicken wings are getting a lot of coverage this week, and Cindy Zimmerman reports that makes them Super Bowl winners.


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Deadline to Apply for Livestock Indemnity Program Assistance is Friday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds producers the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Livestock Indemnity Program for losses suffered from October 2011 through December 2014 is this Friday, January 30. Local Farm Service Agency county offices can provide additional information on the types of records producers will need to apply for assistance. To learn more, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 23, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have a story concerning changes in contamination standards and changes in how our poultry products are tested for contamination, we look at some key priorities for cattle producers this legislative session, and talk about new videos that have been produced to help teach those interested how to farm.

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New Videos Teach How to Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

New videos have been produced to help teach those interested how to farm. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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More about these new videos can be found at www.fooddialogues.com.

COOL Coalition Calls for Immediate Action

As part of the COOL Reform Coalition a number of groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, have signed onto a letter to Congress asking for immediate action to assure U.S. compliance with international trade obligations.


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To read the entire letter and see which groups signed on to it go to coolreform.com/our-message-to-congress.

Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

From the National Chicken Council:

chicken-wingsWashington, D.C. – January 22, 2015 – With the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving upon us – Super Bowl Sunday – there’s no hotter time of year for chicken wings, which have become a staple food on Super Bowl menus.

According to the National Chicken Council’s Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Proposes New Food Safety Measures for Poultry Products

broilier-chickensIn an effort to reduce illnesses from poultry products, food safety officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are proposing some changes in contamination standards and changes in how our poultry products are tested for contamination. Gary Crawford has the details.


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USDA Proposes New Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. Development of these new standards is a major step in Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Forecasts Slightly Higher Beef Prices

Retail prices for beef may average slightly more than they did in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retail prices set records last year because of tight cattle supplies and relatively strong demand. In the coming year, USDA says an abundance of pork and poultry may limit beef price increases, and recent declines in gasoline prices may give people additional spending power at the grocery store.

Livestock Producers Urged to Have Disaster Plans in Place

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you are a livestock producer, do you have plans for what you will do in a weather disaster, including plans to dispose of dead animals? Gary Crawford reports that one expert says most producers don’t have those plans.


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China Bans Imports of All U.S. Poultry and Eggs

China has banned imports of U.S. poultry and eggs after a strain of H5N8 influenza was found in Oregon and another strain was detected in California and Washington. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says this national ban is a clear violation of international trade Read the rest of this entry »

Total Meat Production Forecast for 2015 Raised

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released this week. In the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section, the forecast for total meat production for 2015 is raised from last month on increased beef and pork production.


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Poultry Groups Oppose OFCCP Reporting Proposal

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2015 – On January 2, the Joint Poultry Industry Human Resources Council filed comments opposing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposal to require federal contractors to submit yet another regulatory report, the so called annual “Equal Pay Report.” The OFCCP was originally created to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of Read the rest of this entry »

FSIS Releases Final Rule on Label Requirements for Added Solutions

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule on the label requirements for raw meat and poultry products containing added solutions.


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USFRA Launches How-To Videos

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »

Consumers Willing to Pay More for Select Meats

A recent study by Oklahoma State University shows consumers are willing to pay more for some meats.


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More Nations Ban U.S. Poultry Imports

More nations have joined the list of countries temporarily banning some U.S. poultry imports.


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