Agiculture Secretary Ed Schafer recently led a U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to the Central American region Sept. 21-24 to further promote two-way cooperation, trade and investment between the U.S. and companies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Massive beef recalls in both the U.S. and Canada in 2008 prompted many consumer watchdog groups to question the sanitation procedures of beef plants and to worry that USDAs and CFIAs inspection processes are inadequate. This news from CFIA is extremely encouraging, said Graeme McRae, Bioniche CEO.
Superior Stampede, a division of Superior Livestock Auction, recently entered into a joint venture with the Union Ganadera Regional De Chihuahua (UGRCH), the cattlemens union for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Under terms of the agreement, UGRCH will act as the exclusive representative for all cattle sold by Superior Stampede that enter the U.
Terry Stokes, chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA), announced Sept. 25 he will resign from his position following the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, Jan. 31, 2009.
Californias central valley this year has resulted in the downgrade of the states TB status by USDA. The change in status, to Modified Accredited Advanced, is expected to cost producers millions of dollars in additional costs for testing and management of the disease.
The result of the New Jersey ruling could open the door to similar challenges of those regulations elsewhere by livestock interests. In the New Jersey case, the court upheld many of the livestock practices as legal despite the challengesn by animal rights groups.