senate agriculture

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman on U.S. Beef to China

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

U.S. trade officials are meeting this week with counterparts in China to finalize trade protocols regarding the export of U.S. beef to China. The move follows last month’s announcement that the U.S. and China reached an agreement to restart U.S. beef exports to China, sidelined since 2003. However, as the Financial Times reported last week, China already has access to …

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JBS Parent Company Paying Brazil to Settle Corruption Investigations

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The parent company of JBS SA will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement with Brazil over bribery and corruption charges. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the fine will be paid over 25 years and is the largest ever in a leniency agreement worldwide. The leniency agreement addresses the involvement of the company in a bribery and corruption scheme with Brazilian …

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BPI Lawsuit Against ABC Going to Trial

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A lawsuit by Beef Products Inc. alleging defamation by ABC-TV will head to trial next week. BPI is seeking $1.9 billion in the lawsuit against ABC and correspondent Jim Avila for a series of stories the network ran on BPI’s signature product, Lean Finely Textured Beef, which was referred to as “pink slime” in those reports. Jury selection began this …

milk

Raise Your Glass to National Dairy Month!

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

June is recognized as National Dairy Month.  Initially created as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote the consumption of dairy products, National Dairy Month has evolved into an annual tradition that recognizes the dairy industry and celebrates the nutrient-rich products that it provides to consumers worldwide. Since the early 1900s, America’s dairy industry has grown significantly, making many scientific …

antibiotics

Maryland Joins California in Banning Routine Antibiotics Use in Livestock

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A bill passed by Maryland’s legislature makes the state the nation’s second to ban the routine use of antibiotics in livestock. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act prohibits administration of antimicrobial drugs to cattle, swine, and poultry that are not sick, a practice public health experts say can fuel the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. The law …

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FARM Animal Care Program Seeks Producer Feedback

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, in collaboration with Colorado State University, is conducting a dairy farmer survey to learn more about perceptions of the FARM Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers producers. The voluntary survey will probe producers’ knowledge of the program and the value they think it provides to …

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May Dairy Market Report

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The rate of milk production growth began to moderate during the first quarter, but additional milk production continues to generate American cheese at a faster rate than total consumption, driving up inventories and putting some pressure on cheese prices. Still, exports of most products showed strong year-over-year growth during the first quarter of 2017. Federal order Class prices have dropped …

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USDA Revises Angus Certification Requirements

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The USDA Ag Marketing Service announced this week that it’s revising the live animal specification used for all Angus Certification Programs. The goal is to reflect changes in cattle genetics and marketing, with the proposals to take effect on July 1. A Meating Place Dot Com article says the revised specifications for phenotypic evaluations require that cattle have a main …

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Elanco Seeks Injunction Against Deceptive rbST Advertising

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Elanco initiated legal action last week in an eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court against international dairy conglomerate Arla Foods last Friday. Elanco wants the court to force Arla to stop what it calls a deceptive advertising campaign and false business practices against rbST. It’s a supplement marketed and sold by Elanco under the brand name Prosilac. Elanco says the technology …

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Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are …

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NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Legislative

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here. The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and …

partners

NCBA Joins Canadian, Mexican Partners in Presidential Letter

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

“Don’t Jeopardize Our Success Under NAFTA” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to the leaders of those two nations and to President Trump, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter to President …

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2016 California Cost of Milk Production Annual Available

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

California’s Dairy Industry in 2016 The California Dairy Statistics Annual for 2016 reported total milk production was down 1.1 percent, compared to the previous year, the number of dairy cows declined 0.6 percent, milk per cow was down 0.5 percent, and the number of dairies decreased by 3.2 percent. The twelve month average price paid to California producers for farm …

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Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Water

Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Legislation known …

nafta

NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …

grilling

Grilling Season Poised to Increase Meat Demand

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The seasonal grilling period is poised to increase demand for meat, according to statistics compiled by Oklahoma State University. The Food Demand Survey found consumers’ willingness-to-pay for steak increased nine percent this month. Meanwhile, consumers say their willingness-to-pay for chicken breast increased 1.2 percent, and 2.45 percent for pork chops, compared to levels indicated in April. Consumers noted a decrease …

Perdue: Milk Marketing Order Done by 2018

Taylor Hillman Dairy & Livestock

A California representative asked the Secretary of Agriculture where the newly released milk marketing order is at in the process of being finalized and when the golden state could see it’s adoption. The House Agriculture Committee had a hearing titled “State of the Rural Economy with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.” The hearing’s focus was on rural agriculture, and Secretary …

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State Milk Regulators Ask FDA for Assistance

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

State milk regulators requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work with them to enforce the proper use of milk and milk product labeling terms, especially those meant to distinguish between real dairy products and plant-based imitators – a development the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) hailed as “the strongest statement yet that the abuse of dairy terms …

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Livestock Industry Calls for Relief from EPA’s Overly Burdensome Regulations

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Environment, Industry News Release

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments this week to the EPA calling for immediate action on several burdensome regulations the agency put forward under previous Administrations. The groups said that the regulations, “inhibit job creation, are ineffective, are unnecessary, or impose costs that exceed the environmental benefits. Often, these regulations impose federal requirements on …