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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is following up on recent tests showing a presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza in the Northeast United States. Testing confirmed the presence of low path avian influenza at three live-poultry markets in Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have the latest concerning passage of the GMO labeling bill, how USDA’s proposed organic livestock rule is of real concern for many in the livestock industry, horses, farm labor Read the rest of this entry »
In USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, they note in the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section that the forecast for total red meat and poultry production for 2016 is raised from last month.
Washington, D.C. – July 14, 2016 – The National Chicken Council (NCC) recommends revising or clarifying several key aspects of the proposed rule from the National Organic Program (NOP), announced in April, to enhance bird health, protect food safety, and maintain a viable organic program. Read the rest of this entry »
USDA has proposed new animal welfare standards for the National Organic Program that, according to the National Pork Producers Council if enacted, would be the first time such standards are codified in federal law and would present serious challenges to livestock producers. NPPC opposes the new standards, and they point out there are a number of problems with the proposed new Read the rest of this entry »
By: Ernie Neff Mexican fruit flies were a major nuisance to Dale Murden this spring. “As a fresh fruit grower in south Texas, I have to say Mexican fruit fly is our biggest worry,” the citrus grower and president of Texas Citrus Mutual said. The fruit flies infested Texas’ three-county (Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy) citrus […]
Candi Erick is keenly involved in production of Florida’s citrus crop forecasts. She’s easy to get along with, but there is one way to get under her skin. By Ernie Neff If you want to irritate Candi Erick, whose primary job is overseeing data collection leading to Florida’s citrus crop forecasts, just tell her, “It’s […]