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Theory vs Practice

COVID 19 has changed a lot of things in all of our lives.  Some of those changes will be temporary while others are probably here to stay.  During and after a crisis a lot...

Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds Slow Red Meat Exports in May

U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in part to interruptions in slaughter and processing, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef...

China Says G4 Swine Flu Not New

China says a recently reported strain of swine flu is not a new virus. China’s Ministry of Agriculture over the weekend stated the G4 swine flu strain is not new and does not sicken...

USDA Seeks Input on RFID Eartag Proposal

The Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on the transition to RFID only ear tags. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wants the public input on the proposal where APHIS would only...

Bill Would Allow State-inspected Meat Sales Across State Lines

New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would allow state-inspected meat sales across state lines through e-commerce. The bill was introduced last week by South Dakota Republican Representative Dusty Johnson and Texas Democrat...

RELIEF Act Would Support Livestock and Poultry Producers

A group of Senators last week introduced the Responding to Epidemic Losses and Investing in the Economic Future for Producers Act of 2020. Known as the RELIEF Act, the legislation would provide relief to...

Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds Slow Red Meat Exports in May

U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in part to interruptions in slaughter and processing. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels and recorded the...

Dairy Supply Chains Need to Adjust to Changing Conditions

COVID-19 is dramatically affecting consumer habits and dairy supply chains as food service demand plummets and grocery sales take off. Consumers struggling with job losses and economic uncertainty quickly returned to buying basic dairy...

USDA Reminding Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

Producers who haven’t completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency office before the applicable deadline. July 15th is the major deadline for most...

Hemp Growers Looking to Establish Checkoff

The National Industrial Hemp Council and the Hemp Industries Association entered into an agreement to look into the possibility of establishing a marketing checkoff program for hemp. “Today is another step forward in the...

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