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Policy Issues Tennille Tracy reported yesterday at the Washington Wire blog (Wall Street Journal) that, “Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a ‘thoughtful’ review of food stamps. “Mr. Conaway, a certified public accountant, has been critical of the food stamp program, formally known as […]

Geelen Counterflow granted for sustainable office

Geelen Counterflow in Haelen, the Netherlands has received a Five Star “outstanding” BREEAM-NL certificate for the design of their new office. BREEAM is the biggest certifying system for sustainability for buildings worldwide. Since the introduction in 1990, more than 250.000 buildings have been cer...

US: Pork sausages recalled due to undeclared allergens

K. Heeps, an Allentown, Pa., is recalling approximately 2,902 pounds (1316 kg) of Bratwurst and Bangers sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products contain soy lecithin; a releas...

Targets to reduce farm antibiotics must be set

National targets need to be set and met to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture, before antimicrobial resistance claims more lives and modern medicine loses its most important tool. Almost half (42%) of all antibiotics are used in farming, primarily in intensive livestock production to compe...

NatureForm holds inaugural hatchery training in the US

In collaboration with Pas Reform Academy, Natureform Hatchery Technologies has launched its Hatchery Training Programme for hatchery professionals in the North American poultry industry with an inaugural event held in Iowa. First announced at IPPE earlier this year, the new training programme, which...

Cherkizovo: Strong Q3 results despite volatile market

Russian meat producer, Cherkizovo Group, has reported strong Q3 results buoyed by a recent poultry acquisition. Cherkizovo Group acquired Lisko Broiler, one of the country's largest poultry producers, in Voronezh region. The deal is based on the enterprise value of approximately RUB 5 billion. As a...

New tool to simplify pig vaccination protocol decisions

Merck Animal Health has developed a new online tool, which is designed to help pig producers better understand the factors that can influence vaccination protocol decision making. With the decision tree tool, producers answer a series of operation-specific questions, including types of weaning facil...

Canada: SaskPork gets funding for battle against PEDv

Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork) is to get CAN$150,000 (€105,720) in funding to deliver a new phase in the Saskatchewan Swine Biosecurity Program. This phase aims to prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) during transport of Saskatchewan hogs. This investment provides f...

UK: Defra offers biosecurity advice following AI case

Wild birds are one possible source of the H5N8 avian flu outbreak in East Yorkshire. That is why Defra is now advising poultry keepers to follow good practice to minimise contact with wild birds while the origin of the infection is being investigated. The organisation has published a list of good pr...

No Agriculture in Obama Immigration Action

President Obama made good on his promise to make changes in the nation’s “broken” immigration system, but there’s no mention of agriculture or farm workers in his plan. “In practical terms, we do not expect the president’s initiative...Show More Summary

Eat Brighter! recruited for asian pear imports

Importer I Love Produce is tapping into Sesame Workshop’s Eat Brighter! campaign to market asian pears from China.

Industry anticipates Obama’s moves on immigration

President Obama’s executive action on immigration won’t solve agriculture’s labor problems and could making finding a congressional solution more complicated, industry leaders said.

Wiggle room needed on sourcing GMO fruits and vegetables

This morning I saw a release land in my inbox that made me waver on the delete key. Don’t you find yourself in that command mode every morning, with a quick two-second evaluation for each unread e-mail before typically banishing it to the delete folder or, for the lucky few, saving it for further review?

Potandon Produce sponsers philanthropical race

Potandon Produce, an Idaho Falls, Idaho-based marketer of fresh potatoes and onions, is partnering with Personal Best Performance to sponsor the Idaho Falls Race to Feed the Hungry. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the race is the largest...Show More Summary

Despite drought, California clementines plentiful for Christmas

Despite severe, persistent drought in California, there should be plenty of mandarins to meet Christmas demand.

USDA formula calculates 2015 fee increases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new formula to calculate fee increases for fruit and vegetable inspections and other Agricultural Marketing Service functions.

USDA announces Market Access Program funding for 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $173 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for the Market Access Program and $26.7 million for the Foreign Market Development Program to more than 60 organizations.

Mango board previews new year programs

The National Mango Board is planning a Dec. 10 web seminar as it prepares for the new year.

Taylor Farms turbine taps wind energy

Taylor Farms Retail has begun operating a wind turbine that will help power the shipper’s vegetable processing facility in Gonzales, Calif.

Consolidated Fruit Packers expands Canadian operation

The Star Group’s Consolidated Fruit Packers is planning a packing facility in Osoyoos, British Columbia.

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