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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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Pandemic Assistance Heading to Poultry, Livestock Contract Producers

Dan Cattle, Coronavirus, Poultry, USDA-FSA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday they are starting to issue some $270 million in payments to contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry who applied for Pandemic Assistance. Earlier this year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) identified gaps in assistance including in the initial proposal to assist contract growers. “We listened to feedback from producers and stakeholders about impacts …

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Livestock, Poultry, Egg Groups Weight in on EPA Pesticide Restrictions

Dan Beef, Cattle, Environment, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) led 35 other livestock, poultry and egg organizations in asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the analysis used for a proposal to restrict the use of pyrethrin, the pesticide used in food animal houses to control flies. In comments submitted to the EPA, the groups pointed out that “fly …

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Frozen Turkey Inventories 24% below 3-year Average

Dan Poultry

Remembering to defrost the turkey might not be the only challenge families face as they try to get that perennial centerpiece onto the Thanksgiving table this year. As of August 31, 2021, inventories of frozen whole turkeys and turkey parts were 24 percent lower than three-year average volumes, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. Stocks of frozen turkey meat typically …

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Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein exports have grown from $7.4 …

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Combatting Heating Fuel Concerns for Poultry Growers

Dan Alabama, Biofuels/Energy, Poultry

Propane and natural gas are the primary heating fuels used by commercial poultry growers across Alabama and the southeastern broiler belt. Heating fuel is often a significant portion of the farm’s variable expenses, and we’ve been hearing reports about the expectations of higher prices this winter. So, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) encourages poultry producers to pay attention to price changes and …