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U.S. Meat Industry Represents $1.02 Trillion in Economic Output

A new study shows the U.S. meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product.

The analysis, commissioned by the North American Meat Institute, found the meat and poultry industry is responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in wages. The report says not only does the meat and poultry industry create jobs, it also generates sizeable Read the rest of this entry »

Cage Free Egg

Egg with label and text Cage-Free and Fresh Eggs.These days more consumers are making their voices heard about how they think farmers should produce crops and livestock. Cathy Isom looks into how consumer demand is changing the nation’s egg industry, and what this will mean for producers.


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Cage Free Egg Production on a Rapid Rise

free range chickensThe nation’s egg industry is in the process of making what one industry leader calls “an unprecedented transition”. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Lower Forecast for Red Meat and Poultry Production

According to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report from USDA, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section indicates the forecast for total red meat and poultry production in 2016 and 2017 is lowered from last month, largely as higher feed prices dampen the rate of production growth. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Extends Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule Comment Period

USDA this week extended the comment period for the agency’s proposed rule regarding revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. The extension comes following a request by the House and Senate Agriculture Committee’s last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Livestock Producers Encouraged to Talk with NRCS

Ben Malone

Ben Malone

Alabama State Conservationist Ben Malone encourages livestock producers across his state to be in touch with their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office to make sure they are aware of programs that can help on their operations.


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Construction Begins on Poultry Research Center at Auburn

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Picture from Auburn University

Construction began this week on a comprehensive, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility at Auburn University to benefit Alabama’s largest agricultural industry.


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Tyson Investigates Alleged Animal Abuse

Tyson Foods, the largest chicken processor in the U.S., is investigating allegations of animal abuse at a contract farm in Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »

USMEF Holding Board Meeting

usmefThe U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors Meeting and Product Showcase kicked off yesterday in St. Louis, Missouri. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng talks about some of the issues being discussed.


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Panel Hears Support from Livestock Producers for TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership seems to be getting almost a unanimous vote of support from the U.S. livestock sector. Gary Crawford has a story about various folks testifying before a panel supporting TPP.


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More Meat and Milk Production Expected Next Year

Fresh raw meat - beef, pork and chickenThe new meat production forecast for 2017 is calling for higher numbers, while U.S. milk production could set another record next year. Gary Crawford has more on that story.


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UF/IFAS Extension Teaches How To Care For Your Flocks

As backyard poultry takes off, UF/IFAS Extension teaches residents how to care for their flocks

uf_ifas_logoJacksonville, FL – University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has become the go-to educational resource for Duval County residents who want to raise chickens in their own backyards. Read the rest of this entry »

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