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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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South Korea Bans U.S. Poultry Imports as Avian Flu Found in Oregon

So far, Avian Influenza has not been found in any commercial poultry flocks in the United States, but a strain of bird flu has been discovered in an Oregon backyard poultry flock. With the first part of our story, here’s Rod Bain.


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Walmart Issues New Poultry Safety Measures for Suppliers

Walmart will implement new poultry safety guidelines for suppliers in an effort to reduce foodborne illnesses such as salmonella.


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Keeping Backyard Chickens Safe

Yesterday, Cindy Zimmerman had a story of how backyard chickens are really making a comeback. Today, she looks at what it takes to keep them safe.


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More Chickens in the Yard

chickens-in-yardMany of us are familiar with seeing chickens running around yards in our younger days, but was a practice that seemed to end in most cases. But according to Cindy Zimmerman, it’s starting to make a comeback.


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Canadian Avian Influenza Outbreak Expands

The bird flu outbreak in Canada now includes 10 farms and nearly a quarter million birds. Meatingplace is reporting the latest farm, confirmed December 13th in Langley, British Columbia contained 53,000 table egg layers. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has established control zones to Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.

Largest School Districts Want Antibiotic Free Chicken

Six of the largest U.S. school Districts will switch to antibiotic free chicken.


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Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – Dec. 11, 2014 – The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Production Forecast is Lowered

USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report notes in the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section that the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been lowered from last month, as lower beef production in the fourth quarter more than offsets increased Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Countries Suspend Canadian Poultry Imports

Seven countries, including the United States, have temporarily suspended Canadian poultry products due to an avian influenza outbreak in British Colombia.


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Meat Industry tells Vegetarians – You Will Be Back

A recent study being touted by the meat industry concludes that most who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diets wind up abandoning the diet.


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Expert Panel Examines Video from NC Broiler Farm

From the National Chicken Council:

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Dec. 5, 2014) – The Center for Food Integrity’s (CFI) Animal Care Review Panel has examined video released this week from a North Carolina broiler farm. It is contained in a report produced by the group Compassion in World Farming.

CFI created the Animal Care Review Panel program to engage recognized animal care specialists to examine video and Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey is Good Anytime of the Year

prestige-farms-logoThanksgiving is the biggest day of the year for turkey with some 46 million consumed on that day and nearly ninety percent of Americans saying they eat turkey on Thanksgiving according to the  National Turkey Federation. Cindy Zimmerman has Scott Prestige of Prestige Farms in North Carloina who says more people are eating turkey year round.


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Alabama Education Meetings on the Farm Bill Coming Up

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Alabama is planning some meetings on the educational section of the new Farm Bill. The Alabama Extension Service is teaming up with USDA and the Alabama Farmers Federation to have these meetings. Tyron Spearman tells us about the meetings, times and locations.


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Say Thanks…to a Farmer

happy-thanksgiving-cardEverett Griner talks about what we have to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: AL Cattle in South Dakota; Peanut Disease

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on Alabama cattle in South Dakota and information on a peanut disease growers need to stay on top of. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Peanut Oil Great for Turkey Frying

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

If you are planning to fry your Thanksgiving turkey this year, then Tyron Spearman says don’t forget the peanut oil.


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Meeting the Demand for Turkeys

turkey-domesticWith Thanksgiving just a week away, Cindy Zimmerman looks at whether the turkey industry is able to meet the demand for their product this year.


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2015 Meat Production Forecast Is Lowered

In this month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand reports, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section shows the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been raised from last month, but the forecast for 2015 was lowered.


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Georgia Man Installed as NCC Chairman

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – Jerry Lane, president of Claxton Poultry in Claxton, Georgia, was installed as 2014-2015 chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during NCC’s 60th Annual Conference held today in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a great honor to take the gavel from Mike Helgeson and serve as the incoming chair for the National Chicken Council,” Lane said. “As an industry, and as an organization, we can be Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Prices Up

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about beef, pork and chicken prices still rising in today’s Agri View.


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Commissioner McMillan Declares Friday, October 24th Food Day in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.

This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »

WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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United States Wins WTO Trade Enforcement Dispute for American Farmers

From the White House:

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the United States has won a major victory at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry. A WTO dispute settlement panel has found in favor of the United States in a dispute challenging India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products – such as poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs – allegedly to Read the rest of this entry »

Statement on WTO Decision Ruling against India’s Ban on US Poultry Imports

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2014 – Today’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its ban on U.S. poultry imports is commended by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC).

India placed a ban on U.S. poultry in 2007 under the guise of preventing low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), but Read the rest of this entry »

Beef, Pork and Dairy Production all Tight

The latest forecast for livestock production shows total meat production for both 2014 and 2015 have been raised from last month. But, that does not means every sector is up, as USDA economist Robert Johansson runs through the numbers.


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Food Prices Consistent with Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While food prices have risen, Cindy Zimmerman reports that the rise has stayed consistent with inflation.


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