The stress of avian influenza on poultry and people

Not only is avian influenza taking its toll on poultry, it is taking its toll on the people who work with those birds.  Carolyn Sheridan is a Registered Nurse and Clinical Director for AgriSafe in Iowa.  She lives in an area in Northwest Iowa and is surrounded by the virus.  As a nurse who works… Read more »

Groups upset by USDA step on S.A. beef

Allowing fresh beef products from Brazil and Argentina into the U.S. has taken a step forward. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has sent two final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget allowing those imports. Livestock and other groups are crying foul because the action was taken just… Read more »

NFU says water rule “appears” better

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the final Clean Water Rule (formerly Waters of the U.S.) released by the EPA appears to be better than what the agency and the Army Corps originally proposed. But, he tells Brownfield Ag News there are still areas of concern for NFU. He says they are not happy with… Read more »

Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs intact

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action. “The impact of LB176 would be to structurally, economically,… Read more »

BOAH bans poultry movement in Indiana

The Indiana state Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is limiting movement of poultry to prevent exposure to H5 Avian Influenza.  Denise Derrer, BOAH public information director says the board took a significant step to protect the state’s poultry population.  “BOAH has issued a ban on movement of any birds that will go to a location… Read more »

Nebraska bill would allow packer ownership of hogs

A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing… Read more »

NFU urges Congress to reject COOL bill

The president of the National Farmers Union is urging Congress to reject the bill passed out of the House Ag Committee that would repeal parts of the Country of Origin Labeling law. Roger Johnson says the committee “has succumbed to lobbying and scare tactics from foreign governments and multinational meatpackers” instead of allowing the WTO… Read more »

Bakers Association urges action on egg shortage

The American Bakers Association is urging its members to contact the USDA and Congress to address the egg and egg product shortage affecting the baking industry. The group says the impact of the avian influenza outbreak on egg laying hens is substantial and egg supplies are decreasing fast. The association wants the USDA to increase… Read more »

NCBA official likes TPA’s chances in the House

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An official of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says he expects Trade Promotion Authority to be passed by the House of Representatives. “A lot of the public debates that needed to happen have already occurred, so I think that a lot of those questions have been answered and a lot of those concerns have been… Read more »

USMEF official: U.S. needs TPP to stay competitive

A top official of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says the U.S. needs to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement if it wants to remain competitive in the world market. USMEF president and CEO Phil Seng says other countries are “stepping up their game” when it comes to meat exports. “We better pass TPP… Read more »