organic livestock

USDA Announces Delay, Reconsideration of Organic Livestock Rule

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it would delay implementation of the final Organic Livestock Standards rule until November 14th, 2017. The rule was published in January in the final days of the Obama administration, and USDA is taking an additional six months to allow time for further consideration. The effective date for this rule was initially March 20th, 2017, …

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NMPF April Dairy Market Report

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The April Dairy Market Report has fluid milk sales showing the lowest volume decline in almost a year during November 2016–January 2017. American-type cheese consumption continued to outpace that of other cheeses during the same period. American-type cheese exports showed positive growth for the first time in more than a year during December 2016–February 2017. U.S.exports of dry ingredient products …

Changes Needed in Farm Bill Safety Net Outlined at Senate Hearing

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Legislative

Dairy farmers in Michigan and across the nation need federal lawmakers to revise the safety net created in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide them adequate risk management protection, according to a dairy farmer from eastern Michigan who testified in Frankenmuth on Saturday at a Senate hearing. Darrin Siemen of Harbor Beach, Mich., told a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing …

beef exports

Record Volume for U.S. Pork Exports in March; Beef Exports Remain Strong

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

U.S. pork and beef exports capped a strong first quarter with excellent March results that included a new record volume for pork, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports reached 227,955 metric tons (mt) in March, up 16 percent year-over-year and topping the previous monthly high set in November 2016. …

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NMPF Urges Dairy Imitators to Comply with Food Labeling Standards

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

America’s dairy farmers have a clear message for plant-based food companies that have been meeting in California this week to assess the consistency of the labeling of their products: Dairy imitators must start complying with federal regulations that require foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt to be made from real milk. “At a time when consumers want …

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NMPF, USDEC Organize Dairy Fly-In on Capitol Hill to Build Support for Trade with Canada, Mexico

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. dairy leaders from across the country visited Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress and Trump Administration officials to hold Canada accountable for its trade violations and hasten the repeal of Canada’s controversial new dairy pricing system. During a fly-in rally organized Tuesday and Wednesday by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), …

beef processors

NM Attorney Launches Probe of U.S. Beef Processors

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

New Mexico’s Attorney General is launching a probe into the business practices of some of the nation’s largest beef processors. He contends the state’s ranchers and cattle farmers are being “harmed by out-of-state corporations.” The Attorney General, Hector Balderas, says he’s concerned about the “unfair and anti-competitive practices” of companies like Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods, and the National Beef Packing …

welfare standards

Organic Farmers Push for Welfare Standards Implementation

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Organic dairy and livestock farmers are pushing for Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to let animal welfare standards formed at the end of the Obama Administration to go into effect. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the farmers argue that the long sought-after rules will give consumers what they want. The measure has long been supported by the USDA’s Organic Advisory Board …

cotton

Conaway Disappointed Cotton, Dairy Farmers Left in the Lurch

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement concerning the exclusion of critical help for cotton and dairy farmers from the omnibus appropriations bill. “It is no secret that times are extremely difficult in farm and ranch country right now, with net farm income down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. It …

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Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s …

Brazil meat Companies Lost $1.5 Billion after Investigation

Brazil meat Companies Lost $1.5 Billion after Investigation

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Meat companies in Brazil lost the U.S. equivalent of $1.52 billion after the nation’s federal police announced an investigation into a tainted meat scandal. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports an economic measure of the losses discovered the declines that followed an investigation which stopped virtually all exports from Brazil for a brief time. The bulk of the losses were attributed …

milk exports

U.S. Milk Exports to Mexico at Risk

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

$1.2 billion of milk exports from the U.S. to Mexico are at risk as Mexico appears to be seeking new trading partners. Mexico is America’s top dairy exporter, and as the Donald Trump administration makes trade relations uneasy with its North American Free Trade Agreement counterparts, Mexico is in talks to import dairy products from New Zealand. In the first …

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USDA Removes Database on Animal Mistreatment

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a database that includes information about mistreated, injured, or killed farm animals. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service cited privacy concerns in taking down the website information. A CNN Dot Com article quotes an animal activist group saying the agency bowed to pressure from groups that don’t want the information …

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Red Meat Demand Remaining Strong

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent Cold Storage Report showed record reductions of beef and pork, which means demand for the products remains high. At the other end of the spectrum, chicken stocks remain historically high. A Meating Place Dot Com article says total beef in cold storage dropped 38 million pounds in March, the biggest drop in March since …

Possible Changes in Cotton and Dairy Policies Ahead

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson tells Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report that he’s optimistic that the fiscal 2017 government spending package will include changes to the cotton and dairy policies in the new Farm Bill. He says those potential changes would provide more financial assistance to farmers. The Minnesota Democrat says he and other committee members have been talking …

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Help a Horse Day

Dan Dairy & Livestock, This Land of Ours

    Cathy Isom tells us about a celebration to raise awareness about a majestic, loving animal. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Wednesday, April 26th is National Help a Horse Day. It was founded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA. The objective:  to spread awareness about at-risk horses who …

Buffet Foundation/Drovers to Raise $2 Million for Wildfire Relief

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Drovers, a Farm Journal Media franchise, and the Drovers Foundation have accepted a challenge from philanthropist and American farmer-rancher Howard G. Buffet to raise $2 million for wildfire relief. Last month saw devastating wildfires burn 1.6 million acres in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Starting now, all monetary donations to the Drovers/Farm Journal Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge will be …