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US: ‘Poultry raised without hormones’ – a misleading claim

So, which chicken is healthier and safer for consumers — the brand with the no-nonsense label or the premium brand that claims its chickens were “raised without added hormones”?

US: Vaccines and biosecurity to replace antibiotics

Increased use of vaccines and better sanitation and biosecurity are the 2 most common changes US pig, cattle and poultry producers are making in response to the loss of shared use antibiotics.

The RCEP, IPRs and the threat to traditional farming

The stringent intellectual property rules being pushed for adoption by some RCEP members will have an adverse effect on the livelihoods of small and traditional farmers in poorer member states, warns Shalini Bhutani. The concerns of ordinary citizens in countries negotiating the RCEP are therefore not misplaced. Show More Summary

Pazazz apple featured at Hy-Vee

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Elgin, Minn.-based Honeybear Brands is showcasing its apple variety Pazazz in store demonstrations across the country. BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Elgin, Minn.-based Honeybear Brands is showcasing its apple variety Pazazz in store demonstrations across the country.

Kroger announces new board member

Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO of international Paper, has been elected to the Kroger Co. board of directors. Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO of international Paper, has been elected to the Kroger Co. board of directors.

New association benefits organic farmers

A new association for organic farmers has been formed by Kutztown, Pa.-based Rodale Institute, a leading organic agriculture research organization, according to a news release. A new association for organic farmers has been formed by Kutztown, Pa.-based Rodale Institute, a leading organic agriculture research organization, according to a news release.

Buds and Pods Part One

Hello. @AgriBlogger here with an AgNerd review series. It’s is in two parts. This one focuses on the Etym?tic HD Safety Earphones, specifically the HD5 model. Part two will focus on the new Apple AirPods. My trip to Potato Expo last week was a test run to switch between the Etym?tic HD5 earphones and AirPods. Etym?tic sent me the HD5... Read More

Senate Resolution Against WOTUS Introduced

U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) have introduced a resolution to vacate the “Waters of the United States” rule– a resolution that signifies their intent to roll back the rule once President-elect Trump takes office. Show More Summary

Inviting Your Feedback on the AgWired Audience

Howdy AgWired Tribe. I’ve got a question. How do I show an advertising agency or company who our audience is? Some want numbers and demographics in order to utilize us in a marketing campaign. Whether you are a farmer or work for agribusiness or an agency I’m interested in your thoughts and ideas on this. Many of you have been... Read More

#AFBF17 Looks at Immigration Reform

A panel recently addressed the issue of immigration reform at the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Tom Hertz, an economist from the Department of Agriculture and Mark Delich, director of congressional...Show More Summary

2016 Crop Production Summary Is In

It’s been touted for months, but the USDA’s final Crop Production 2016 Summary finally confirms it, last year was a record-high yield for corn and soybeans. In 2016 corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels- 11 percent higher than 2015. Average yield is estimated to be 174.6 bushels per acre, up 6.2 bushels over the last crop. The National Agricultural Statistics... Read More

Latest wheat and grain forecasts for 2016/17

The 2016/17 season is marked by more global wheat supplies and less coarse grain production. This is according to the latest figures of the USDA.

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.

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