USDA Takes Action to Prevent Salmonella in Poultry Products

Dan National Chicken Council (NCC), Poultry

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it will declare Salmonella as an adulterant in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products. “Food safety is at the heart of everything,” says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This is an important first step in launching a broader initiative to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry in the U.S.” By declaring Salmonella an …


NCBA Not Ready to Back Bills

Dan Beef, Cattle, Legislative, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Regulation

Earlier this week we told you that House Agriculture Committee Chair David Scott had introduced the Small Family Farmer and Rancher Relief Act, H.R 8590. The legislation, designed to help small farmers and ranchers in the cattle industry, would provide financial assistance by strengthening the safety net and create opportunities to increase competition and help small ranchers access new marketing opportunities. While the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says it’s …


Lowering Corn and Soybean Yields

Dan Corn, Field Crops, Soybeans

Due to weather conditions found in many of the U.S. corn and soybean growing areas this year, private estimates for both crops are being lowered. Mark Oppold reports this would have an effect on ending stocks.

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Discussion on Higher Input Costs

Dan Economy, This Land of Ours

Taking a wider look at higher ag input costs. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. American Agri-Women hosted the Global Food and Energy Supply Conversation recently to respond to member interest in rising input and food costs. AAW President Heather Hampton+Knodle, moderated the event. “As farmers and ranchers, we find ourselves grappling with this market price volatility and …


Agriculture Coalition Letter to Senate on Farm Labor

Dan Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Regulation

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition is calling on the Senate to pass an agriculture workforce reform bill this Congress. The coalition sent a letter to Senate leaders this week, which was signed by dozens of agricultural organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the International Fresh Produce Association, the National Farmers Union, and several associations from states where ag labor is …


USDA-NRCS Offers CIG On-Farm Trial Funding

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced they are accepting applications for project funding under USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) On-Farm Innovation Trial Program. Through CIG, partners work to address our nation’s water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while improving agricultural operations. NRCS Chief Terry Cosby explains the intent behind the CIG On Farm Innovation …

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Farmer Sentiment Rises in July

Dan Agri-Business, Economy

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer farmer sentiment index rose six points in July to a reading of 103. Producers were somewhat more optimistic about both their current and future economic conditions on their farms compared to June. Even though there was a slight increase in optimism, there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the agricultural economy. Key commodity …


New NPB VP Suggests Volunteering, Talks Priorities

Dan Livestock, Pork, This Land of Ours

Strengthening the pork industry through volunteers. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Volunteer involvement will strengthen any organization. Bob Ruth, the newly elected National Pork Board (NPB) vice president, was ecstatic to share why producers should get involved at the local, state, or national levels. He says the passion one has for the industry magnifies the story. “I …