brazil beef imports

Groups React to Brazil Beef Announcement

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Ag groups are weighing in on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement that the U.S. has suspended all fresh beef imports from Brazil due to safety concerns. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden supports the move to suspend Brazilian imports because it’s a result of USDA’s science-based testing protocol of imported beef. “This proves our food safety system works …

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Agri View: Job Losses Due to Automation

Dan Agri View, Technology

Everett Griner talks about how automation and technology advances have caused job losses in today’s Agri View. Job Losses Due to Automation More and more farming is becoming an automated industry. It speeds up production and increases overall output. Driverless tractors, milking machines, drone aircraft, just to name a few. It keeps growing. But, there is a downside to all …

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No More Brazilian Beef for Now

Brian German Dairy & Livestock, Trade

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that fresh beef imports from Brazil have been suspended due to food safety and animal health concerns. Shipments will be suspended until the USDA is satisfied that the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has taken the appropriate corrective actions. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting all the meat products coming …

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Eastern Canada Dairy Producers Get Quota Increase

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Canada’s dairy producers in the nation’s eastern provinces will receive a five percent quota increase July first. Five provinces in eastern Canada have approved the increase. The move follows a series of smaller increases that began last year. Dairy Farmers of Ontario says the increase is needed because there still isn’t enough milk produced to fill the market with butter. …

broadband

Perdue Comments on Rural Broadband Needs

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

On the way to Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a White House press pool that broadband internet has become the infrastructure of necessity in rural areas. His comments came as President Trump toured agriculture education facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to learn more about agriculture technology, and to pledge a focus on rural broadband in his infrastructure …

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Late-Harvest Processing Peaches Bring More Green

Brian German Fruits & Vegetables, Research

New cost studies released by the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension show that peach growers could net roughly $800 more per acre from late-harvest processing peaches compared to extra-early harvest varieties. UC researchers studied the cost of production for extra-early harvested varieties and late-harvested varieties for processing in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento.  Processors will …

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Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has some tips about how to keep your fruits and veggies fresher, longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh There is nothing more annoying or perhaps upsetting when finding one of your favorite fruits and vegetables that you’ve been waiting to enjoy has already ripened to the point of rotten. Every year, …

rural broadband

Trump Pledges to Include Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Plan

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

President Donald Trump pledged to include rural broadband in his infrastructure plan while in Iowa Wednesday. The President visited Kirkwood University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to talk agricultural technology, and held a rally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Trump was joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross while highlighting the need to expand rural broadband to give …

grape farming

Agri View: Grape Farming Expanding

Dan Agri View, Nuts & Grapes

Everett Griner talks about grape farming and wine production in more than just California in today’s Agri View. Grape Farming Expanding You know it takes good grapes to make good wine. California has always been America’s primary source of wine grapes. Grape farmers are among the nation’s most elite group. Of course, there are small and medium vineyards in other …

pitahaya

APHIS to Allow Importation of Fresh Pitahaya Fruit from Ecuador

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador.  APHIS scientists have determined that fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador can be safely imported to the United States while continuing to provide protection against the …

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Feed a Bee Announces Coast-to-Coast Recipients for $500,000 Pollinator Forage Initiative

Dan Field & Row Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

Bayer Feed a Bee program celebrates National Pollinator Week by kicking off an initiative to support forage projects in all 50 states In the spirit of true National Pollinator Week celebration, Bayer announced the first round of organizations that will receive funding to establish forage for pollinators across the nation. Nearly 100 projects were submitted in response to the request …

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Chicken Company Turning to Body Cameras

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry, Technology

Elite Farm Services of British Columbia, Canada, is turning to body cameras to make sure its workers are following the required best management practices regarding animal handling. Elite came under fire this week after a Mercy for Animals undercover video showed workers hitting, throwing, and kicking chickens. Six workers have been fired and investigation into the matter is continuing. A …

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U.S. and China Reach Agreement to Boost Dairy Trade

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Dairy Export Council says the agreement reached this week between the U.S. and China will make it possible to significantly expand American dairy exports. An Agri-Pulse report says 80 U.S. processors are now officially cleared to immediately begin exporting to China, thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding between the countries. The agreement will also make it possible for …

Nebraska Firm First to Ship U.S. Beef to China

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Nebraska’s Greater Omaha Packing Company is sending U.S. beef to China, the first shipment of its kind in 14 years. After the U.S. and China finalized protocols to allow the U.S. to export beef to China, the Nebraska-based company announced it would send beef by air freight to a customer in Shanghai. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of …

Do Personality Traits in Pigs Matter?

Brian German Dairy & Livestock

Researchers at UC Davis are studying personality traits in pigs to determine the role personality plays in the welfare and sustainable production of farm animals.  Kristina Horback, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is conducting a series of tests with four-week-old female piglets.  The tests are meant to identify aggressive and social behaviors, along with measuring responses …

Wheat Geneticist Presented with Innovator of the Year Award

Brian German Grain, Technology

During the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards ceremony last week, Jorge Dubcovsky was named as one of the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. Dubcovsky is a professor of plant sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher.  His most recent breakthrough has greatly accelerated the study of gene function in …