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USDA Seeks Nominators to American Lamb Board

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from lamb producers, seedstock producers, feeders, or first handers interested in nominating members to the American Lamb Board.  Applications are due by March 16, 2017.

The primary considerations in determining the eligibility of state, regional, or national organizations to participate in nominating individuals for board membership are: Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting TPP Done Sooner than Later is the Best Option

usmefThere’s been a lot of discussion the past few weeks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and efforts to get it passed through Congress during the upcoming lame duck session. Of course it’s also been a topic of discussion by both presidential candidates, on the campaign trail. During last week’s U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) annual strategic planning conference, USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng said getting TPP done sooner than later is the best option for us.


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Florida and Georgia FFA Members Receive National Awards

ffa-logoThe 89th National FFA Convention and Expo has wrapped up in Indianapolis and during the event the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were handed out as eight members from Florida and Georgia were recipients.

From the National FFA Organization: Read the rest of this entry »

Many Livestock Events at Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltThe 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off tomorrow in Moultrie, Georgia, and according to show director Chip Blalock, there will once again be a variety of livestock related events.


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Protecting Genetic Diversity in Livestock, Poultry and Fish

Pig farmA national repository is assuring genetic diversity in livestock and other animal species in case of events such as a disease outbreak. Rod Bain has the story.


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Meat Production

meat productionEverett Griner talks about making meat production more costly in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Table Meat Farming

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Everett Griner talks about a farmer raising table meat in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Land Grant Universities Compiling Animal Feed Database

21 land-grant institutions are collaborating to provide researchers, producers and industry partners’ up-to-date, research-based information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals.

Since forming in 2010, the National Animal Nutrition Program has created a database of animal feed ingredients. Organizers say the database is a vital tool to inform cost-effective production decisions, animal welfare policies and procedures, and to guarantee the Read the rest of this entry »

Man’s New Best Friend

Girls and GoatsMove over Rover – how another four-legged creature may soon be taking over as man’s best friend. Cathy Isom has that story coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more.

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 »

USDA Signs Three International Agreements Supporting Animal Health and Global Trade

International trade is of course a key factor, but trade restrictions resulting from an animal disease outbreak can have devastating economic effects. With this in mind, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service signed three international agreements on this topic during a recent meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris, France.

These agreements will make it easier to maintain safe and fair trade of animals and animal products if an Read the rest of this entry »

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