cell cultured meat

Cell-Cultured Meat Labeling Questions

Dan Agri-Business, Cattle, Livestock, Research

As advances in cell cultured meat continue, the questions around labeling the final product are growing. At last week’s USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum session on cell cultured meat, an audience member wondered how far labeling will go.   “Are we looking at a future where you’re going to have to have a cultured label and a conventional? And also are …


NRCS Seeking Public Comment on Conservation Practices

Dan Cattle, Conservation, Environment, Livestock, Pasture, USDA-NRCS, Water, Wetland

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to eight national conservation practice standards. Proposed revisions to the national conservation practice standards include: Comments should be submitted via regulations.gov or via mail by March 4, 2024. NRCS regularly reviews all national conservation practices to seek opportunities to increase flexibility and incorporate new technologies to help the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and private …

bird flu

Eighteen Months from a Bird Flu Vaccine

Dan Avian Influenza, Poultry

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the United States is 18 months away from a vaccine for bird flu. That news comes as more than 81 million U.S. poultry and aquatic birds have been killed by avian flu across 47 states since January 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. has found bird flu this year …

pork exports

U.S. Pork Exports Set Annual Record

Dan Exports/Imports, Pork

Led by a record-shattering performance in Mexico and broad-based growth elsewhere, U.S. pork exports set a value record in 2023. Data shows December pork exports rose 10 percent from the prior year to 268,400 metric tons, the largest since May 2021 and the eighth-largest on record. Export value increased 11 percent to $766 million, also the highest since May 2021 …


Americans Serving Wings for the Big Game

Dan Poultry, This Land of Ours

Wings are on the menu for the big game this weekend. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. With the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving upon us, there’s no hotter time for chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council’s 2024 Wing Report, Americans will devour 1.45 billion wings while watching Kansas City and San …

lamb lovers

Lamb Lovers Month is Back

Dan American Lamb Board (ALB), Sheep-Goats

Lamb Lovers Month is back. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The American Lamb Board (ALB) kicked off Lamb Lover’s Month in February with an exciting campaign titled “Show Us Your Chops.” It invites consumers to enjoy savory lamb chops at their favorite restaurants or cook their favorite recipes at home. The promotion features rack and loin chop …


January 1 Sheep and Lambs Inventory Down 2%

Dan Commodities, Livestock, Sheep-Goats

USDA’s Sheep and Goat’s report released last week shows all sheep and lambs inventory in the U.S. on January 1, 2024 totaled 5.03 million head, down two percent from last year. Breeding sheep inventory at 3.67 million head on January 1, 2024, decreased two percent from 3.74 million head in 2023. Ewes one-year-old and older, at 2.87 million head, were …


AVMA Plans Annual Legislative Fly-in

Dan Cattle, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Livestock News, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

Veterinarians will visit Capitol Hill next Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities with lawmakers. As part of the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AMVA) annual legislative fly-in, advocates will urge congressional offices to support and cosponsor the Rural Veterinary Workforce Act. AVMA President Dr. Rena Carlson says, “We need to do more to attract and retain veterinarians in rural and underserved areas, …