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Livestock Producers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.

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Register Now for AFIA Feed Course

Now is the time to register for the Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Course, which is a 5-week e-learning platform program designed to help participants get a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.

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Study on GMO Crops for Animal Feed

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Information from a study on using GMO crops for animal feed is out, and Cindy Zimmerman has the details.

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Pork and Poultry Inventories Increase Likely Due to Bans

The USDA cold storage report released earlier these week showed an increase of U.S. pork and poultry warehouse inventories in August, which may in part be due to Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products.

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NCC Responds to Article on Antibiotic Use in Chicken Industry

The National Chicken Council used an article by Reuters this week as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016.

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Added Flavor

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about how why our meat taste different in our meat in today’s Agri View.

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Meat Production Forecasts Reduced

USDA released its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates for September, and when it comes to the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section, the forecasts for total meat production in both 2014 and 2015 were reduced from last month.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!

Animal Smart

farm animalsEverett Griner talks about the brain power of farm animals in today’s Agri View.

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Purdue Foods Removing Antibiotics from Chicken Hatcheries

Purdue Foods have announced they are removing all antibiotics for growth from its chicken hatcheries as part of a 12 year plan to reduce the use of antibiotics in the company’s chickens.

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scrambled eggs, bacon slices, biscuitsEverett Griner talks about the world’s most popular breakfast food in today’s Agri View.

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Farm Exports

Large container ship in a dockEverett Griner talks about expanding farm exports in today’s Agri View.

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USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

usda-postage-stampsFour postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!

Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.

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Poultry Industry Recognizes 96 Poultry Facilities for Outstanding Safety Performance

From the National Chicken Council:

Destin, Fla. – The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the Read the rest of this entry »

Consumers Get Livestock Welfare info from Other Groups

A recent survey suggests consumers are using animal protection organizations as their primary source of information about livestock welfare.

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Safe Handling of Poultry

New information is out concerning the safe handling of poultry, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.

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Ag in Review Ending the Week of August 8, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports about the 6-month mark of the new Farm Bill, about the new Cotton Transition Assistance Program which starts Monday, how the peanut crop looks right now in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about a new burger made from both beef and chicken.

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New Poultry Inspection Rules

How will the new poultry inspection rules affect consumers? Cindy Zimmerman’s report answers that question.

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New Beef-Chicken Burger

Cindy Zimmerman has a story today about a new burger, which some hopes will please both beef ands chicken lovers.

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USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:

USDAWASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.

“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »

Court Upholds Previous Ruling on COOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling by a vote of 9-2.

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Three Southeast Farmers Included in “Champions of Change” for Agriculture Honor

White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:

On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Trade is Strong

According to the latest USDA forecast, total meat production for 2014 has been increased.

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Urging New Comment Period for Poultry Inspection Rule Change

A coalition of consumer groups have asked USDA and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of its rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

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Cargill Turkey Suppliers to End Use of Growth-Promoting Antibiotics

Cargill has announced independent farms that supply it with turkey will stop using growth-promoting antibiotics. Some by this coming Thanksgiving and the rest by the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Consumption Up 17 Percent in the US

From the National Chicken Council:

Greensboro, Ga. – July 21, 2014 – More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.

Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is Read the rest of this entry »


Green rows on the field AgriculturalEverett Griner talks about farmers properly protecting their assets in today’s Agri View.

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USDA Takes Next Step to Modernize Poultry Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its proposed rule to modernize the U.S. poultry inspection system to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.

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