As many as 5,000 cattle in a Wyoming and Montana feedlot will be purchased by the U.S Department of Agriculture (US- DA) and destroyed, according to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Furthermore, 25 percent of pork consumers claimed to have eaten less pork in 2013 than they did in 2012, according to the research. In contrast, only 10 percent of beef and other red meat eaters are eating more, and only 13 percent of pork consumers are eating more.
“In one of the great traditions of our democracy, the President is invited to the House chamber each year to discuss how he and Congress can work together for the American people. After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas.
The 108th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) wrapped up the annual Colorado tradition with a grand total attendance of 640,022. That is an increase of 11,656 guests over last year for the 16-day event.
In a move hailed by some ag organizations, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee passed a measure entitled the Grazing Improvement Act sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in late November, 2013.
“We’ve seen a terrific grassroots response on behalf of our growers and our state affiliates, who have pulled out all the stops to make sure the farmer voice is heard loud and clear,” said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower.
More than 90 percent of California is experiencing severe drought conditions. Last year, dozens of cities in California set new records for lowest levels of precipitation; Occidential, Big Sur and Crescent all recorded rain totals 30 to 40 inches below average, according to National Weather Service statistics.
On Jan. 9, the United States Senate passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171), sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). The bill was passed unanimously without amendment and has been sent to the House of Representatives where it awaits further action.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes a determination that meat from American horses can be made safe to enter the food supply. The FDA regulates which drugs are safe in meat animals, as well as their withdrawal times. The FDA currently categorizes horses as companion (non-food) animals.
New data from November of 2013 indicate that 86 percent of corn, soybean and cotton growers in the South have herbicide-resistant or hard-to-control weeds on their farms. The number of farmers impacted by tough weeds in the Midwest has climbed as well, and now tops 61 percent.
Celebrations of ESA’s 40 year milestone were minimal, in part because of the continued controversy over a flawed law. Intended to conserve species and habitat, ESA has recovered less that 2 percent of the approximately 2,100 species listed as endangered or threatened since its 1973 inception.
Records are being broken all over the state, according to the National Weather Service. San Jose has only received 3.8 inches since last January, well short of its 14-inch average. Oakland is even drier—3.39 inches this year, compared with its 22.8-inch average.
“Reducing nutrients from farm runoff costs almost 60 percent less than the same reduction from a sewage treatment plant,” said McElwaine. “We should be rewarding farmers who voluntarily put conservation plans in place. Instead we’re going to charge them.
“A one-size-fits-all approach to school lunch left students hungry and school districts frustrated with the additional expense, paperwork and nutritional research necessary to meet federal requirements. These are exactly the changes included in our Sensible School Lunch Act,” Hoeven said.
The optimists are still voicing plans for a final farm bill signed by mid-January, but the latest extension and deadline, along with a number of controversial amendments, make the task seem a bit more daunting. Without a farm bill, laws could revert back to what was on the books in the 1940’s, wreaking havoc on today’s agriculture.
The Rabobank Global Cattle Price Index has risen 6 percent since June, driven by lower-than-expected beef supply in the main exporting countries and strong Asian demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group.
With 2013 on its way out this week, it’s out with the old and in with the new…time to make and break those New Year’s resolutions. The past year has definitely not been short on the news end, with climate change, Obamacare, the farm bill, COOL and a number of other hot topics to fill the ink pages and the world wide web.
The beginning of the New Year is like a changing of the season for producers, with calving season to follow. But for some, it also marks a week of fun, possibly a vacation, a week of showing cattle, or a trip to the rodeo at Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS).
It appears that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is jumping on the “no antibiotic” bandwagon, with its plan to implement new regulations. Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA is hoping to phase out the use of antibiotics in meat production, using a voluntary approach.
USTR representatives shared benefits of the partnership, claiming global income benefits by 2025 are estimated at $223 billion per year and real income benefit to the United States of $77 billion per year. U.S. export benefits are expected to reach $3.3 billion for beef and $4.