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House Committee Approves Rider Barring GIPSA Rule

Last week the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment barring the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Protection Administration, or GIPSA, rule on poultry.


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USDA Proposes to Allow Honduras to Export Poultry to the U.S.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to add Honduras to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States. The proposal is subject to a 60 day comment period.


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Mexico Lifts Poultry Ban Stemming from Avian Influenza

Mexico announced they are lifting the ban on U.S. poultry which was put into place after Avian Influenza was found in our country last year.


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Shere Named as USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Dr. Jack Shere

Dr. Jack Shere

Dr. Jack Shere, a long-time employee of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), was recently named USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer leading APHIS’s Veterinary Services program.

Dr. Shere joined APHIS in 1990 and has held a variety of field and leadership positions – serving as the area commander during the exotic Newcastle disease outbreak in 2003 and spending many weeks in Iowa during the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak where he represented USDA and Read the rest of this entry »

OSHA’s Expanded Poultry Inspections Outside Scope of Legal Limits

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Apr. 18, 2016 – Like any employer, poultry processors are subject to inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the industry is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce. That commitment is demonstrated by the tremendous progress the poultry industry has made in reducing worker injury and illness rates, which have declined 81 percent in the last in the last Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 15, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the cost of inaction on the Trans Pacific Partnership, how a bug has a few peanuts producers concerned, Vidalia onions, bees, eggs Read the rest of this entry »

Egg Prices

egg pricesEverett Griner talks about egg prices not expecting to decline in today’s Agri View.


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Helping Organics Grow with Clear Livestock and Poultry Standards

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.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 8, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn 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 »

Wal-Mart Shifting to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs by 2025

Buying eggsThe world’s largest retail chain will transition to cage-free eggs by 2025.


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Georgia State Vet Update on Avian Influenza

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

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.


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USDA Reports Record Growth in U.S. Organic Producers

USDA-Organic-sealThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector.


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