USDA Highlights Feedback from Stakeholders in Review of Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) submitted a Report to Congress that reviews the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Program and includes feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.  The program gets its authority through the LMR Act of 1999, which must be reauthorized by Congress every five years, and the most recent reauthorization was in 2015. …


Livestock Producers Pleased with Legislative Fix

Dan Cattle, Environment, Livestock

Many in the livestock industry were pleased to see the omnibus appropriations spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the President, as one of agriculture’s wins in that bill ended the court-ordered reporting of manure air emissions as Superfund events. The measure overrides the courts and exempts farmers from having to report manure air emissions as a Superfund emergency. …


Omnibus Spending Bill Also Contains Livestock “Fixes”

Dan Cattle, Economy, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association was pleased to see that the omnibus appropriations spending bill released on Wednesday night has what it called “two common-sense solutions to regulatory overreach in the Fiscal Year 2018.” The spending bill includes a one-year delay of the Electronic Logging Devices mandate for livestock haulers. It also excludes livestock producers from the reporting requirements of the …

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USDA/NIFA Announces Support to Relieve Veterinarian Shortage Situations

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of funding to help assure rural communities have sufficient access to livestock veterinary services. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP). The VSGP is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, …

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House Committee Seeking Reauthorization of Animal Drug Legislation

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock

Lawmakers are seeking to renew the Animal Drug User Fee Act and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments, set to expire later this year. Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health discussed reauthorization of the regulations that expires September 30th. Both grant the Food and Drug Administration permission to collect fees from the makers of new …


House Bill Exempts Farms From Reporting Emissions

Dan Cattle, Environment, Industry News Release, Livestock

A bipartisan bill to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms yesterday was introduced in the U.S. House. The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports the legislation, which is similar to a bipartisan bill introduced last month in the Senate. Sponsored by Reps. Billy Long, R-Mo., and Jim …


Livestock Exporting Discussed at Cattle Industry Convention

Dan Cattle, Exports/Imports

One of the speakers during last week’s cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Arizona was Renee Strickland, cattle producer and livestock exporter with Strickland Ranch and Exports in Myakka City, Florida. AgNet Media’s Gary Cooper talked with her about exporting livestock internationally. Livestock Exporting Discussed at Cattle Industry Convention Our coverage of the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention is brought to you …

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Livestock – Poultry Outlook Positive for 2018

Dan Cattle, Livestock, Poultry

Some attending the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee learned that 2017 ended on a good note for the livestock and poultry sectors, and the 2018 outlook is positive overall. That was according to James Robb, director and senior agricultural livestock economist for the Livestock Marketing Information Center. But, he said there …


NPPC Applauds Withdrawal Of Organic Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic, Pork, Poultry

Listening to the farmers it would have affected, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue announced that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council. The Obama-era regulation – the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule – would have incorporated into the National Organic Program welfare standards that were not …