APHIS Proposes Amendments to Import Regulations for Horses

Dan Equine, Exports/Imports, Livestock

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) seeks public comments on proposed amendments to its import regulations for horses. The proposed amendments would better align regulations with international standards, according to USDA. The proposal also allows both APHIS and the equine industry more flexibility for permitted imports, while continuing to mitigate the risk of bringing contagious …


Waiver from Trucking Federal Rule Extended

Dan Legislative, Pork, Regulation

It was announced Monday that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had extended a waiver for commercial truckers from the federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulation to Feb. 28, 2022. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) thanked the Biden administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Meera Joshi, FMCSA deputy administrator for the extension. The HOS rule limits truckers to 11 hours of …

National Grazing Lands

National Grazing Lands Conference Starts Saturday

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pasture, Sheep-Goats

The National Grazing Lands Coalition will hold its 8th National Grazing Lands Conference (8NGLC) at the Embassy Suites Kingston Resorts in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dec. 6-9, 2021. More than 500 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, conservationists, and students are expected to attend the conference. They will exchange ideas and information on the latest grazing land issues. Attendees will …


Register Now for the 2022 ASI Annual Convention

Dan Sheep-Goats

Registration is open for the 2022 American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Annual Convention. It will be held Jan. 19-22, 2022, in San Diego, California. The ASI Annual Convention is where all facets of the American sheep industry come together to set priorities, share information and conduct the business of the industry as a whole. Early registration runs through Dec. 31. Rates …


President Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkeys

Dan Poultry

Last week, National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Phil Seger presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Peanut Butter” to President Biden during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. “Peanut Butter” and his alternate, “Jelly,” received a formal pardon from the president and will now reside on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Tyron Spearman has the story. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is …


Wild Turkey Habitats

Dan Forestry, Poultry

A survey by the National Turkey Federation (NTF) says over this Thanksgiving holiday 88% of us will be eating turkey. And while most of those birds served up will be farm raised, some gobblers will be hunted in the wild. Around 6.2 million wild turkeys trot around the U.S. and can be found in 49 of the 50 states, thriving in woodlands …


Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More

Dan Economy, Fruits, Pecans, Poultry, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

While last year’s cost of a Thanksgiving Day dinner was the lowest it had been since 2010, this year is a bit different. Americans, for the most part, are spending a bit more at the grocery store this year on turkeys and all the sides. According to a survey conducted earlier this month by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Thanksgiving dinner costs …


USDA Investing $32 Million to Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday they will be investing $32 million in grants through awards to 167 meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities to support expanded capacity and efficiency through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Today’s investment supports local and regional meat and poultry processors as they recover from …

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Cost More this Year

Dan Economy, Poultry

As some have found out, that Thanksgiving turkey is costing a bit more this year. Gary Crawford has a story looking at just why many had to shell out a few extra dollars for that holiday meal tradition.