Interstate Livestock online tool now available

A new online tool assists producers who move livestock between states. Chelsea Good is a board member of both the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and U.S. Animal Health Association, the two sponsors of She says the website takes producers through a series of questions. “Things like what state are you coming from or… Read more »

USMEF head more optimistic about China

The head of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is optimistic that U.S. beef exports to China could resume in 2016. The Chinese market has been closed to U.S. beef since the first case of BSE in the U.S. in 2003. But USMEF president and CEO Phil Seng says he senses a renewed commitment to… Read more »

EPA launches ‘Nutrient Recycling Challenge’

In an effort to surface new ideas for recycling livestock manure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched the “Nutrient Recycling Challenge”, a competition to develop new manure recycling technologies. According to EPA agriculture advisor Ron Carleton, the agency is seeking ideas for cost-effective technologies that extract nutrients—specifically nitrogen and/or phosphorus—from cow or hog manure… Read more »

Nearly 300 sold at Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Sale

Nearly 300 replacement bred heifers have been sold at the Southwest Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement (SMS) heifer Sale at the Joplin Regional Stockyards. The top selling lot brought $3,200 a head. Heifers in the offering on Friday were in the 2nd and 3rd stage of pregnancy. The demand was good and all prices were strong… Read more »

Cattleman wants small business size standards to rest with agency

Cattle producer Jeff Beasley says Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards for farms need to be updated to reflect the volume of business done on today’s operations.  Beasley, who raises cattle in southern Illinois, tells Brownfield any farm doing more than $750,000 in gross receipts annually does not qualify for SBA loans. “That $750,000 level… Read more »

Lawsuits threatened over GE salmon approval

Food safety and environmental advocacy groups are lashing out at the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. The Center for Food Safety says it plans to sue the FDA over its decision. The organization calls AquAdvantage salmon a “dangerous contaminant” and says the FDA “has neglected its responsibility to protect the public”. A spokesperson for… Read more »

Iowa Corn Growers applaud Branstad’s WOTUS move

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is applauding Governor Terry Branstad’s decision to join the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) lawsuit. ICGA president Bob Hemesath of Decorah says the rule is overreaching and could hamper the ability of Iowa farmers to implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. “Because guys are trying to put conservation practices… Read more »

GE salmon: Let the debate begin

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The debate over genetically modified foods is likely to intensify following the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. It’s the first time a genetically engineered animal has been approved for human consumption. The organization called Friends of the Earth (FOE) has labeled the new product “frankenfish” and calls FDA’s approval “flawed and irresponsible”. FOE says… Read more »

Pork producers take issue with Consumer Reports antibiotic article

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says calls for food-animal farmers to stop using antibiotics to prevent diseases are ill-advised and wrong.  The statement is in reaction to a Consumer Reports article released Wednesday saying that antibiotics are the most inappropriately employed in the meat and poultry industries. Dave Warner with the NPPC says pig… Read more »

Ticks might be spreading cattle disease

A veterinarian at Kansas State University says an increased number of ticks in parts of the Midwest could be responsible for the spread of a deadly livestock disease this year. Dr. Emily Reppert tells Brownfield anaplasmosis is commonly associated with tick bites. “It’s an organism that likes to infect a particular type of cell within… Read more »