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Mycotoxin risk for Canadian DDGS and TMR

Canadian grains contain high levels of mycotoxins. This is according to new data from animal nutrition company Alltech.

USFRA at #AFBF17

One of the new exhibitors at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week was the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a groups that AFBF was instrumental in creating five years ago. Show More Summary

Poultry industry braced for oversupply and new AI epidemic

Russia: In late December the poultry industry in Russia was rocked by several huge outbreaks of avian influenza (AI), which forced manufacturers to cull 160,000 heads of turkey and 350,000 heads of broiler. The country is bracing itself now for an oversupply crisis and a new AI epidemic.

H5N8 bird flu spreads to Welsh backyard poultry

The H5N8 strain of avian influenza found in wild birds across the UK and on a Lincolnshire turkey farm has been discovered in backyard chickens and ducks in Carmarthenshire.

Early sow performance predicts later results

Early parity number born alive classification effectively predicts later parity performance, US scientists report after a comprehensive study containing details from years.

Industry sees limited value of certified transitional organic program

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture won’t issue a seal or label for the program, marketers will be able to claim their products are “certified transitional organic” under a new USDA program designed to help growers make the transition from conventional to organically grown. While the U.S. Show More Summary

RPA appoints 2017 board members

The Reusable Packaging Association has new leadership for 2017. The Reusable Packaging Association has new leadership for 2017.

USDA offers $27 million to support local food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is making available $27 million in grants to support local and regional food producers and businesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is making available $27 million in grants to support local and regional food producers and businesses.

United Fresh grants to boost consumption outside of school

NEW ORLEANS — The United Fresh Start Foundation is known for spurring the industry to donate salad bars to schools to promote fresh produce.   Now the foundation seeks to expand that access to fresh fruits and vegetables beyond schools,...Show More Summary

GROWMARK’s New Nationwide Scholarship Program

GROWMARK is announcing a new scholarship program, according to Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones. “The GROWMARK Foundation was looking for ways to support education in agriculture for students. We decided a scholarship...Show More Summary

Beginning Farmers: I want to start farming, is it feasible?

Wyatt Fraas, our Farm and Community Assistant Director, has spent 20 years advising landowners and beginning farmers on farm asset and business transfer. Recently, we posted a blog for retiring farmers. Here is another interview with Traci Tiernan of FarmandRanchJobs.com for beginning farmers. Show More Summary

NASDA and @FarmBureau Presidents Town Hall

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall held a town hall meeting with National Association of State Departments of Agriculture President and Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain this week at the 2017 Annual Convention...Show More Summary

U.S. & Cuba Trade Workshop at #AFBF17

Cuba has become a near and dear topic for me since visiting the country a few months ago with fellow ag media. The people of Cuba are eager to normalize relations with their big neighbor to the North opening trade and opportunities for U.S. agriculture. During the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show experts gathered... Read More

Farm Bill Talk at #AFBF17

There was a lot of interest in the development of the next farm bill at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting this week in Phoenix. A session on the topic featuring a couple of top agriculture committee staffers was standing room only. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher, who moderated the session, says Congress has a... Read More

FPAA planning another safety exercise for summit

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is planning to repeat a well-received food safety exercise at this year’s Spring Policy Summit. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is planning to repeat a well-received food safety exercise at this year’s Spring Policy Summit.

California rain short-term hassle for grower-shippers

Recent rain in California has made harvesting and planting more difficult than usual and may eventually lead to some shortages. Recent rain in California has made harvesting and planting more difficult than usual and may eventually lead to some shortages.

#AFBF17 is a Wrap

The 98th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting came to a close yesterday after the voting delegate session where members set policy for the coming year. Delegates approved policy resolutions on a number of issues including crop...Show More Summary

Pig Progress launches Health Tool

As from this week, no single health problem in a pig farm has to stay a mystery. Pig Progress has launched its Health Tool, a detailed and interactive compendium summarising 126 pig diseases and disorders.

We All Want Safe Food – Food Safety Rule Challenges

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), spoke to farmers and ranchers during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Panel Discusses Sustainability

One of agriculture’s biggest frustrations is sustainability; not because we aren’t doing it, but because others are defining it for us, says Katie Heger, a farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Dirt on Sustainability panel. Show More Summary

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