Initiatives Towards Livestock Marketing Improvements

Clint Thompson Livestock

Recent market disruptions in the livestock sector led to a USDA report and now initiatives to build upon report considerations. Rod Bain has the details. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach, discusses the three initiatives addressing livestock market industry concerns stemming from that USDA report.


Bacon Farmers Seek Immediate Covid-Relief Action

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NPPC) — President Trump expressed disappointment regarding the ongoing stalemate in the development of new COVID-relief legislation, saying his lead negotiator “hasn’t come home with the bacon.” Without immediate relief for hog farmers in crisis, the treasury secretary may not be the only one not bringing home the bacon, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “We’ve lost hog …


Signup Underway for Alabama Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Poultry

Through the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP), the application period for the Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program is now open. Applications for the poultry program are available at or through Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The program was developed to assist poultry farmers that experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. Broiler growers that have experienced down times of more than …


USDA Announces Deadline to Submit Wildfire, Hurricane Disaster Assistance Applications

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Economy, Equine, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Hemp, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, USDA, Vegetables, Wheat

Final Opportunity for 2018 and 2019 Disaster Recovery Assistance (USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, as the deadline to submit applications for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program – Plus (WHIP+) for 2018 and 2019 losses. USDA did not originally specify a deadline when the program was announced. “The physical and financial loss experienced …


Red Meat Muscle Cut Exports Strong in August

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock

August exports of U.S. beef and pork muscle cuts were above last year’s strong volumes, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Variety meat exports were lower than a year ago, due in part to the lack of available labor required to harvest and export some items. Led by record-large demand in …


Nobel Prize Serves Notice: The U.S. is Falling Behind in Race to Adopt Key Technology for Farming

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Technology

(NPPC) — For more than two years, by claiming regulatory jurisdiction over gene edited livestock, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stalled the development of an emerging technology with tremendous promise for livestock agriculture, including improved animal care, production efficiency and environmental impact. The scientists who invented one of the most promising forms of this technology – the …

Alabama Poultry Farmers Provided Relief Through Grant Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Poultry

By Clint Thompson Alabama’s poultry farmers have a lifeline with regards to compensation for losses incurred because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Alabama Extension news, the Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program provides $4 million to assist growers. The assistance is intended for poultry producers who experienced downtimes between flocks, decreased birds per flock or changes in target grow-out …


Weekly Livestock Market Report Week Ending 10-02-2020

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Livestock

Here are the weekly livestock market reports for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, for the week ended October 2, 2020, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states. AL Livestock Market Report: At Alabama Livestock Auctions receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 14,200 head compared to 15,238 last week and 15,702 year ago. Compared to one week …

Livestock Groups Applaud Introduction of HAULS Act

Clint Thompson Livestock

Livestock groups this week applauded the introduction of legislation that would provide livestock haulers flexibility and critical relief from hours-of-service rules. Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety, or HAULS Act. The legislation would add a 150 air-mile exemption to hours of service regulations to the backend of hauls for those transporting livestock …