The mission of the National Organic Program, part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is to protect the integrity of USDA organic products in our country and throughout the world. This means clearly defining what it means to be organic and enforcing those rules.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the importance of animal traceability for meat exports, how climate change may actually be producing better wine, the latest trend in farmland values, Read the rest of this entry »
Back in January, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza in a few commercial turkey flocks in Indiana. And poultry producers across the country were once again warned about the possible outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. But Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb says other than those cases in Indiana almost three months ago, we’ve been very lucky.
If this is the year you’re going to bring home those cute little fur babies and you’re just starting out, the first thing you should do is your homework. Cathy Isom gives us some hints on raising baby chicks to backyard chickens.
The 2015 Certified Organic Survey is underway and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that it’s not too late to respond. Jim Ewing, the Southern Regional Office Director for NASS, says the survey questionnaires have already been mailed.
A new soy-checkoff-funded study, notes that the animals that feed us are also feeding our economy. The analysis shows animal ag, U.S. soy’s top end user, increased gross national product by $123 billion in economic output, improved household earnings by over $21 billion and added 645,629 jobs from 2004-2014.