Efforts by the beef industry to keep Congress from making a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) mandatory may be futile as it seems the momentum is swinging in favor of creating such a database.
Officials with the 27-member nation European Union (EU) said last week they will consider doubling the quota of U.S. beef imports allowed to receive preferential tariff rates in exchange for the U.S. dropping its plan to impose more stringent tariffs on EU goods.
Officials in Mexico last Wednesday released the list of more than 90 products it imports from the U.S. which will be subject to increased tariffs. Fortunately for U.S. producers, protein products will not be included. The tariff increases, which range from 10 to 45 percent, include items such as fruit juice, toilet paper and home appliances.
Strong U.S. beef and pork exports in January defied predictions that sluggish global economies and volatile currencies would dampen them, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. USDA data showed beef muscle cut exports jumped 13 percent in volume and 15 percent in value compared to January 2008.
The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture came under attack last week as bills were introduced in Congress and the California Legislature to limit their use. The ?Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act? was introduced last week in the U.
A webinar is scheduled for March 25 from 9 to 10 a.m. to explain what landowners, tax preparers, and local governments need to know about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting requirements and how to handle oil and gas payments.
USDA has finalized the plan to ban cattle which become non-ambulatory after veterinary inspection from being reinspected and passed for slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. The regulations codify what has been a common practice for several months, according to industry sources.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last Wednesday that it will allow a 60-day delay on implementing more stringent feed ban regulations for livestock feed ingredients. The regulations, meant to help prevent any potential spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
In a story strikingly similar to the Hallmark/Westland downer cow scandal that beef producers know well, an undercover animal rights activist taped animal handling abuses at an Ohio hog farm and the footage is now the subject of an HBO documentary. The documentary, entitled ?Death on a Factory Farm,? first aired on the evening of March 16.
The National Cattlem e n ? s Beef Association (NCBA) recently announced that as part of a restructured plan to work against government intervention in ethanol production, the group has decided to withdraw its membership from the Food Before Fuel Coalition (FBFC).
Legislation aimed at stopping the slaughter of wildlife that are munching on crops has passed the state Senate and now goes to the House. Under the bill, ranchers and farmers could no longer kill wildlife on private land unless the animals were predators threatening people, pets or livestock.
An aggressive beef checkoff market response plan is in place to help protect beef demand in the meat case and on restaurant menus. This plan was quickly implemented in November 2008 when early economic signals indicated a need to proactively address channel and consumer purchasing decisions.
The checkoff-funded Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) partnered with the Philadelphia Distance Run, the Classic Half Marathon held Sept. 21, 2008, to position lean beef as the protein choice to fuel active bodies and to introduce more than 15,800 elite athletes and their families to beef?s nutrition platform.
Senior veterinary students and faculty assisted in the delivery of triplet bull calves recently at Washington State University?s College of Veterinary Medicine. (l-r) Kelly Sandmeier, Jess Zelnik, Dr. Martha Delaney, Sara Manthey, and Jillian Saldana. ?All photos by Henry Moore Jr.
The case had previously been through the U.S. District Court in Anchorage, AK, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which both ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who alleged that the new USFS regulations violated the 1992 Appeals Reform Act, a law directing the agency to consider public comment when it crafts land or resource management plans.
In a move that will subject a number of government projects to enhanced environmental and scientific scrutiny, President Obama is restoring a requirement that U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine whether their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.
There is a movement gaining steam in Illinois and California to ban tail docking in dairies. The push comes from one of agriculture?s biggest opponents, Farm Sanctuary, and it is being closely monitored by producer groups in those states and elsewhere.