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Cargill Stops Antibiotic Use in Turkey Flocks

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 »

House Leadership says No Reason to Hold TPP Vote

Agriculture trade concept with farm field landscapeU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that he saw no point in bringing up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

According to Reuters, Ryan followed up the comment by saying it’s because “we don’t have the votes,” Read the rest of this entry »

McDonald’s Announces New Antibiotics Policy

McDonald’s USA announced this week they will only be sourcing chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to humans. Read the rest of this entry »

Congress Yet to Deal with Ag Appropriations Bill

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 »

Georgia Ag Commissioner Pleased with Avian Influenza Efforts

Gary Black

Gary Black

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.

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USDA Says Organic Eggs Have Largest Price Premiums

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 »

USDA Investigating Low Path Avian Influenza

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 »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 15, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn 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 »

Livestock Groups Concerned with Proposed Organic Livestock Rule

USDA’s proposed organic livestock rule, “Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices” is of real concern for many in the livestock industry, and thus various organizations have come out against it. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Meat and Poultry Production Forecast Raised

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.

Beef production is forecast higher largely on Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Asks for Revisions, Clarification to Proposed Changes to Organic Program

From the National Chicken Council:

ncc-logoWashington, 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 »

NPPC Urges Producers to Submit Comments

nppc_logo_smallUSDA 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 »

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