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US Feb meat exports lower but improvement seen

While still impacted by severe congestion in the West Coast ports, February exports of US beef, pork and lamb bounced back to some degree from the totals posted in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Miratorg increases production of pork

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg, currently the largest pork producer in the country, has increased sales of products by 30% in the first quarter of 2015, stated the company.

French chicken company records second loss

The French chicken processor Duc has recorded a loss of €3.74 million over 2014. In 2013, the loss amounted to €5.17 million.

China files WTO complaint about EU poultry tariffs

China has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization against the European Union, over high poultry tariffs.

IPIFF: EU should allow insects in animal feed

European legislation should be adapted to allow insect products as a sustainable and innovative source of animal proteins for food consumption and animal feed. Insect producers issued this call on Monday in Brussels, where they came together to formally establish IPIFF, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed.

EU feed industry fears EU decision on GM crops

EU food and feed chain partners reject EU Commission move to undermine the Internal Market for Agri-food products

2015 Agri-Marketing Conference Underway

Hello from Kansas City, MO and the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference. The ZimmComm Team is here and just getting started. Today the golfers golfed and the students arrived and are practicing their presentations for the start of the Student Marketing Competition tomorrow. Show More Summary

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

By John Crabtree on April 14, 2015 - 12:00am Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to those who purchase and eat the food they grow. This year, researchers with the National Institute of Health completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers. According to Dr. Show More Summary

New Actively Engaged in Farming Rule Falls Short

By Traci Bruckner on April 14, 2015 - 10:56am This March, the US Department of Agriculture issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged in farming,” and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. Show More Summary

Company to roll out "GreenHarvest" paper products - AgMinute for April 14, 2015

A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested. For more information visit

Zimfo Bytes

DTN/The Progressive Farmer, agriculture’s trusted source for information and data solutions, has been selected by the board members of four state soybean associations to custom publish each group’s publication, effective immediately....Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Mitch McConnell

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congressional leaders return to Washington this week with an agenda bordered by trade, appropriations and a pushback against overregulation. The Kentucky...Show More Summary

RFD Radio Network Moves Frazer to Director Position

Illinois-based RFD Radio Network (RFDRN) moves Rita Frazer to Director of Network and Audio Services, as the company gets ready to say goodbye to a retiring Alan Jarand. This news release posted on says Frazer willShow More Summary

Elanco ‘HATCHes’ Egg Plan to Fight Hunger

Elanco has teamed up with the Kroger Co.’s Central Division, Rose Acre Farms, Gleaners Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank to help fight hunger by providing eggs to undernourished people of all ages. This company news release says HATCHShow More Summary

Why we need local food systems and how to get them

New report: communities taking control of the food revolution

US cuts poultry export forecast due to H5N2

The US government has reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6% from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected trade restrictions.

Tesco offers new feed-linked contracts to egg producers

A new tracker contract, backed by Tesco with all of its packers, will insure egg producers against volatile movements in feed costs. As one of Tesco suppliers Noble will be offering this contract as part of their relationship with the country’s biggest supermarket chain.

Belarus now main supplier of poultry to Russia

In the first quarter of 2015 Belarus was the largest supplier of poultry meat to Russia. Belarus delivered a total of 14,9 thousand tonnes to Russia, an increase of 56,4%.

JBS concludes deal $1.45 Australian pork deal

JBS has concluded its acquisition of Primo Group, the largest producer of ham, bacon, pork and continental small goods in Australia.

New lorry washing rules to improve pig sector biosecurity

The British Meat Processors Association will soon introduce new rules for lorry washing at abattoirs as part of its pig health and welfare assurance. For the National Pig Association, with these rules a new era of significantly improved pig industry biosecurity beckons.

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