Zoetis to seek approval for PEDV vaccine

An official with animal health company Zoetis says the company is seeking U.S. approval before the end of this year for a PEDv vaccine. There is only one other vaccine to help prevent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs – by Harrisvaccines, which was granted conditional approval from the USDA for its vaccine in June…. Read more »

Vilsack says voluntary conservation programs are working

There’s been considerable debate as to whether farming conservation practices should remain voluntary or be made mandatory.  But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack believes voluntary programs are working and that farmers are embracing new conservation practices. “We’ve recently done a series of assessments in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and in the Chesapeake Bay area, specifically,… Read more »

Missouri Corn Growers on Amendment 1

Missouri Corn Growers Association and other ag groups are counting on support of voters today to get Amendment One – farming rights – passed and added to the state Constitution.  Today is election day.  But, opponents say the amendment will increase the ability of so-called “big ag” to flout the law. The corn growers association… Read more »

Ohio crop conditions hold steady

Compared to a week ago, the condition of the Ohio corn and soybean crop is little changed. As of Sunday, August 3, the corn crop was rated 73 percent fair-to-good, down one point from last week. 83 percent of the crop is silking and 29 percent is in the dough stage. 81 percent of the… Read more »

NPPC weighs-in with Congress on Japan/TPP

The National Pork Producers Council has weighed in on Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations with congressional committee members. The NPPC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Finance subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness saying Japan should open trade to U.S. pork as South Korea did in spite of farmers’ objections in both those… Read more »

IN crops advancing

Dry conditions combined with cooler temperatures last week created an environment where crops did not experience a significant loss of moisture or degradation of condition. Seventy-five percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition with 96 percent silked, 35 percent doughing, and 1 percent in the dent stage. Seventy-one percent of soybeans… Read more »

Corn, soybeans developing well

U.S. corn and soybean crops continue to develop a little faster than average. As of Sunday, 90% of corn is silking, compared to 84% this time last year and the five year average of 88%, and 36% is at the dough making stage, compared to 17% a year ago and 29% on average. 73% of… Read more »

Making sure the Farm Bill is working

As Farm Bill program details are rolled out and details become clearer, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wants to know what’s working and what’s not. Brown, a member of the Senator Agriculture Committee understands tweaks may be needed. “Any time you do something as major as a multi-billion dollar Farm Bill you will still need to… Read more »

Favorable ruling for COOL

An appeals court ruling in Washington, DC has reaffirmed  the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling program for meat products. Last Friday, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to halt enforcement of the 2008 labeling law. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says… Read more »

NCBA monitors ‘Dietary Guidelines’ process

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is keeping a close eye on the development of new federal dietary guidelines to be released in 2015. Kristina Butts is NCBA’s executive director of legislative affairs.  Butts says the dietary guidelines advisory committee, which consists of nutrition and health professionals, has been delving into sustainability and environmental issues… Read more »