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.
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.
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.
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.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!
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.
Everett Griner talks about the world’s most popular breakfast food in today’s Agri View.
Everett Griner talks about expanding farm exports in today’s Agri View.
Four postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!
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 »
A recent survey suggests consumers are using animal protection organizations as their primary source of information about livestock welfare.
New information is out concerning the safe handling of poultry, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.
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.
How will the new poultry inspection rules affect consumers? Cindy Zimmerman’s report answers that question.
From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:
WASHINGTON, 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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
According to the latest USDA forecast, total meat production for 2014 has been increased.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.