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Bearded Chickens

Blue_Ameraucana_CockCathy Isom tells us why some chickens have beards. That story’s ahead on “This Land of Ours.” Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

USDA Allowing Meat, Egg Products with “No GMO” Label

non gmo green vintage sealThe Department of Agriculture will begin allowing meat, poultry and egg producers to use labels such as “contains no GMO” or “derived from beef fed no GMO feed.” The guidance announced last week takes effect immediately and gives food makers information and examples on how to label products as non-GMO, known as a Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 19, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from the Chairman of the House Ag Committee about the next farm bill, why this may not be a normal year for cotton, that Peanut Proud is sending peanut butter to Food Banks in Louisiana and Mississippi, why Americans are Read the rest of this entry »

Land Grant Universities Compiling Animal Feed Database

21 land-grant institutions are collaborating to provide researchers, producers and industry partners’ up-to-date, research-based information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals.

Since forming in 2010, the National Animal Nutrition Program has created a database of animal feed ingredients. Organizers say the database is a vital tool to inform cost-effective production decisions, animal welfare policies and procedures, and to guarantee the Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Consumption Study

chcikenWhether at home or out on the town – nine in ten consumers are purchasing chicken regularly. Cathy Isom looks into why Americans are eating chicken in record amounts these days. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

122 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

During an event being held in Destin, Florida this week, various poultry facilities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia were among a total of 122 facilities recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance. Here’s a release from the National Chicken Council:

ncc-logoDESTIN, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2016 – At the 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 122 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective Read the rest of this entry »

Cargill Stops Antibiotic Use in Turkey Flocks

Cargill has stopped using an antibiotic for disease prevention in its turkey flocks. The move follows concerns that using the antibiotic, gentamicin (gent-ta-mice-in), contributes to the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Read the rest of this entry »

House Leadership says No Reason to Hold TPP Vote

Agriculture trade concept with farm field landscapeU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that he saw no point in bringing up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

According to Reuters, Ryan followed up the comment by saying it’s because “we don’t have the votes,” Read the rest of this entry »

McDonald’s Announces New Antibiotics Policy

McDonald’s USA announced this week they will only be sourcing chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to humans. Read the rest of this entry »

Congress Yet to Deal with Ag Appropriations Bill

When Congress returns to Washington D.C., it will have over 100 appropriations bills to work through, including the Ag Appropriations Bill. Politico says it could face some stiff challenges, as both the House and Senate versions of ag appropriations would cut current spending levels by two percent. The toughest Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Ag Commissioner Pleased with Avian Influenza Efforts

Gary Black

Gary Black

High-path Avian influenza (HPAI) is something we’ve not heard much about lately, as during the heat of the summer months, it doesn’t survive. But Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, says it’s not something that has been forgotten about, and many with his department have worked hard on prevention of it.

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USDA Says Organic Eggs Have Largest Price Premiums

A new study by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service finds organic eggs have the largest price premiums over their nonorganic counterparts. The study estimated price premiums in grocery stores for 17 commonly purchased organic foods relative to their nonorganic counterparts from 2004 to 2010.

Price premiums for most of the organic products studied did not steadily increase or decrease during the seven-year period, but Read the rest of this entry »

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