china beef agreement

Conaway, Rouzer Praise U.S.-China Beef Agreement

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Following the announcement that the U.S. and China have finalized an agreement allowing for American beef exports, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (NC-07) made the below comments: “As one of the world’s largest importers of beef, China has long been an area of great opportunity for the U.S. …

beef

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive …

dairy groups

Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Administration on NAFTA Modernization

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

Two leading dairy groups said they will work with the Trump Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make sure it safeguards open trade with Mexico and confronts increasingly protectionist dairy policies by Canada. In joint comments sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) …

pork

Withdraw ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Say NPPC, Pork Producers

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted again urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock. It also delivered to the agency comments from 630 pork producers and others in the pork industry, opposing the regulation and asking that it be withdrawn. The comments were on an interim final …

meat production

Meat Production Forecast Lowered in Latest WASDE

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report was released last Friday, and in the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section, the forecast for total meat production for 2017 was lowered from last month but is raised for 2018. Beef production for 2017 was lowered primarily on lighter carcass weights which more than offsets higher …

pig pens mirror mat

Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mats

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

by USDA Agricultural Research Service What a pig sees when it looks into a mirror may help Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists improve livestock housing. Studying livestock behavior, stress and other well-being and production factors is the job of animal scientist Jeremy Marchant-Forde and his colleagues at the ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Indiana. Improving an animal’s environment …

jbs

Brazil State-controlled Bank Cuts Credit Lines to JBS SA

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A state-controlled bank in Brazil has cut credit lines to meat processor JBS SA, following the plea bargain deal in which the company’s majority owner admitted paying bribes to Brazilian politicians. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the bank decided to review the conditions of JBS’ credit limit, and of a loan expiring in 2018. Reuters previously reported that the Brazilian …

r-calf

R-CALF Seeking U.S. Investigation into JBS Scandal

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

R-CALF, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, is calling on the U.S. federal government to investigate a Brazilian corruption scandal by meat processor JBS. R-CALF USA sent a comprehensive, 11-page request to President Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a full investigation and strict antitrust enforcement …

food safety

Food Safety Practices and Costs Under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Dan Field & Row Crops, Industry News Release

Linda Calvin, Helen Jensen, Karen Klonsky, and Roberta Cook USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, established a risk-based approach to regulating food safety. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate …

broadband internet

USDA Helps Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Four States

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “Too many rural areas still lack access to robust, affordable broadband services that can create jobs and boost rural economies,” Perdue said. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and …

milk

Former Ag Secretary Working on Milk Export Program with China

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Agri-Pulse a new deal to allow more milk producers to enter the Chinese market is in the works. Vilsack, who now heads the U.S. Dairy Export Council, has been working for months to change a registration process that keeps new U.S. processors from entering the Chinese market. Vilsack told Agri-Pulse the deal is a …

innovation

NCGA Launches Open Innovation Challenge to Find the Next Big Thing for Corn

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand. Growing interest in America’s emerging bio-economy and continued improvements in sustainable corn production underscore the versatility and potential of this crop.  …

broccoli

New Broccoli and Lettuce Cost Studies Released

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

New studies with sample costs to produce and harvest iceberg lettuce and broccoli for fresh market in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties have been released by UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension. Vegetable growers may find these useful for estimating their own production costs and potential returns on investment. “These studies have an expanded …

ecuador

NCGA Launches Open Innovation Challenge to Find the Next Big Thing for Corn

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The Consider Corn Challenge Seeks New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Sustainable Chemicals The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making sustainable chemicals with significant market demand. Growing interest in America’s emerging bio-economy …

California Prunes Projected to Bounce Back

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables

Production forecasts are predicting California prunes to have a huge bounce-back year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting California to produce 105 thousand tons of dried plums this season. The forecast production is over double the amount California produced last year. In 2016, the California Dried Plum Board reported the state produced just 51 thousand tons which was …

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Heads to Washington

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The United State’s Cattlemen’s Association will bring a delegation of producers to Washington D.C. this week to talk issues with legislators. States represented at the fly-in will include Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. USCA President Kenny Graner says this is an opportunity for cattlemen to put a face on the issues being debated …

dairy

Dairy Exports Higher for 11 Straight Months

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

U.S. dairy production keeps going higher and processing facilities are running at or even over capacity, so the need for growing exports has never been greater. Farm Journal’s milk business dot com reports that dairy exports topped year-ago levels once again for the eleventh straight month. Exports of products like milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey, and lactose were up 12 …

South Dakota

‘Pink Slime’ Trial Underway in South Dakota

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

It’s been roughly five years since ‘pink slime’ was a buzzword in the national media. A Reuters report says the Beef Processors, Incorporated, $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC television is underway this week in Elk Point, South Dakota. BPI claims ABC television, owned by the Walt Disney Company, and ABC reporter Jim Avila, defamed the company by calling its …

microgreens

Eating Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

from USDA Agricultural Research Service Small edible plants called microgreens aren’t just tasty toppings for soups, salads, and sandwiches. They’re also healthful. According to results of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led study, eating red cabbage microgreens helped mice moderate their weight and cholesterol levels despite a high-fat diet. Over the past several years, chefs have touted the taste, texture, color …