livestock

Livestock Insurance Policy Updates

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA-RMA

Last week, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced updates to the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) and Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) policies. RMA Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy first runs through the updates scheduled to take effect next year for the LGM program. And Flournoy describes the updates to RMA’s Dairy Revenue Protection program. RMA is updating the livestock insurance policies to improve options …

Tyson Foods Unveils $425 Million Poultry Facility in Tennessee

Clint Thompson Poultry

Tyson Foods opened the company’s new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee last week. The $425 million project, which includes a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery, represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee. Several hundred workers have been hired so far and are being trained for the start of production later this month. The processing plant, which is expected to employ …

usda

USDA Grant Program Needed for Local Meat Processors

Dan Beef, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA

The Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) recently submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging them to open applications for a grant program to help local meat processors. The legislation, authorized by Congress in December, set funding aside to improve capacity at local meat lockers, but CFRA says the agency has been slow to respond. In a letter to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, …

beef

February Red Meat Exports Below Last Year, But Outlook Remains Strong

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

The February red meat export numbers have been released, and according to the new data, exports of U.S. beef and pork remained below the rapid pace established in 2020. The numbers, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), indicates exports were consistent with projections and USMEF still expects 2021 beef exports …

chicken marketing

Registration Opens for Chicken Marketing Summit 2021

Dan Poultry

It was announced this week that registration is open for the 2021 Chicken Marketing Summit. The annual executive conference, hosted by WATT Global Media, is scheduled for July 18-20, 2021, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida. This year’s Summit will include eight general sessions focusing on the forward-looking theme “Charting post-pandemic success.” There will also be a focus on …

burndown

Alabama Poultry Producers Receive Relief through CARES Act Funds

Dan Alabama, Coronavirus, Economy, Poultry

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many facets of agriculture, including the poultry industry. In Alabama, commercial poultry production employs more than 86,000 workers industrywide. For this reason, Alabama Extension professionals helped develop and execute a plan to put poultry producers on the map when Alabama CARES Act funds were distributed in the agricultural sector. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension …