Oct. 10 WASDE: Total Meat Production Raised
The increase in beef production is driven by heavier carcass weights as lower corn prices encourage producers to market heavier cattle.

Half of U.S. Consumers Consider Animal Protein the Best Source of Protein
Beef and chicken top animal protein sources, reports NPD.

EPA stomps off the playground
Faced with a potential lost that would have major ramifications for its CAFO enforcement strategy, EPA has withdrawn its appeal of a lower court decision, Alt v. EPA.

Feedstuff Cost Comparison App
SDSU Extension has developed tools to help evaluate the relative costs of two different feedstuffs.

WASDE: Forecasts for Total Meat Production Reduced
The forecasts for total meat production in 2014 and 2015 are reduced from last month.

Mexico Prices Rose at Fastest Pace in 7 Months in August
The August price increases were led by beef, pork and chicken costs.

Soy Yields Set for U.S. Record as Rains Fatten Pods
After soybean fields from North Dakota to Ohio got more than twice the normal rainfall in August, Iowa farmer Jason Marienau expects the wet weather that plumped up his beans to boost yields to a record.

ConAgra’s Fruitless Ralcorp Deal Invites Breakup Talk
The best way for ConAgra Foods Inc. to commemorate the two-year anniversary of buying Ralcorp Holdings Inc. may be to undo the deal.

Glimpse into Global Demands: Future of Livestock
With global populations growing, what does the future hold for livestock production?

Can You Really Save the Planet by Boycotting Beef?
Charges that we can save the planet by ceasing to eat beef are oversimplified and unrealistic. Beef’s environmental impact is significant and should continue to improve, but we will never solve tough long-term sustainability challenges with prescriptions like these.

Iowa Panel Votes to Toughen Livestock Farm Rules
The Iowa commission that oversees water quality approved increased inspections for livestock farms on Tuesday over the raucous protests of environmentalists who wanted much tougher rules.

JBS Poultry Gain Erased by Hedging Loss in Surprise Profit Slump
The world’s biggest meat producer posted an unexpected 25 percent profit slump after currency-hedging costs partly erased gains from its poultry and beef businesses.

Hogs Tumble Most in Two Years on Declining Demand for U.S. Pork
Wholesale pork fell 17 percent since reaching a record $1.3756 a pound on July 18 as consumers shifted to cheaper poultry for grilling.

WASDE: Meat Production Expected to Rise Due to Lower Feed Costs
Cattle price forecasts for 2014 and 2015 are raised from last month on the strength of demand and continued tight supplies of fed cattle.

Charity Navigator Issues ‘Donor Advisory’ for Humane Society of the United States
Leading nonprofit evaluation firm revokes rating in response to multimillion-dollar settlement in circus animal dispute.

American Poultry Firms Say Russian Ban Will Have Little Impact on Their Business
Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

Putin Retaliates Against Sanctions With Food-Import Limits
Russia will ban billions of dollars worth of food imports from the U.S. and other nations in retaliation for sanctions over the turmoil in Ukraine.

Meat Adapts
Grain markets shape livestock sector’s plans heading into 2015

USDA Overhauls 50 year-old Poultry Inspections
The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.

McDonald’s Pulls Meat from China Stores Amid Supplier Probe
The scare—prompted by a recall at supplier OSI Group LLC, which is accused of repackaging old meat as new—is fueling concerns that China has yet to ensure the safety of its food supply.

Animal Welfare: The View from Your Window
What is your view on animal welfare? It all may depend on where your “window” is.

Economic Benefits of the Livestock Industry
Livestock production plays a vital role in the South Dakota economy and for the entire U.S.

Judge Says He'll Decide Ag Filming Lawsuit Soon
Idaho's law punishing those who secretly film agricultural operations doesn't limit free speech because the First Amendment right does not exempt trespassing on private property, state attorneys argued.

What's Your Mycotoxin Risk for 2013 Stored Grain?
Alltech's recent storage analysis indicates a rising risk for mold and mycotoxin growth.

Hillshire Says Takeover by Tyson Better Than Buying Pinnacle
Hillshire Brands Co. withdrew support for a merger with Pinnacle Foods Inc. and said a $7.7 billion takeover bid from Tyson Foods Inc. is a better deal for its investors.

Direct Marketing to Increase Profit
Understanding the ins-and-outs of direct marketing can help increase profitability for livestock producers.

Timeline: Tyson's Winning Offer for Hillshire
Tyson has won a bidding contest to buy Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with an offer of $63 per share. The company beat out rival meat heavyweight Pilgrim's Pride.

Brazil Looks to Russia and Middle East to Boost Meat Exports 15%
Brazil is seeking to increase its lead over India, Australia and the U.S. in meat exports by stepping up sales to Russia and the Middle East.

Hillshire to Talk with Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride
Hillshire Brands says it will hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two meat processing heavyweights engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.

Hillshire Authorizes Talks With Suitors After Increased Bid
Hillshire Brands Co. authorized takeover talks with Tyson Foods Inc. and Brazil’s JBS SA as the $6.7 billion bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs escalated.

Farmers Asked About State-licensed Meat Processing
Researchers at Plymouth State University are exploring whether New Hampshire residents raising livestock would be well served by a state certified meat processing plant.

Tyson Enters Meat Brawl with Hillshire Bid
Hillshire Brands is at the center of a barnyard brawl.

Sizzling Meat Prices a Shock for Some Consumers
Challenges in the beef and pork industry have led to higher retail prices.

Sign-up for Livestock Disaster Aid Now Underway
Disaster payments for grazing livestock producers are on the way.

USDA Fails To Verify Food Label Claims, Says Animal Welfare Institute
A new report reveals the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is failing to verify the accuracy of label claims on meat and poultry products sold in the United States.

JBS Posts Surprise Profit Slump on Currency Losses; Shares Fall
JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat producer, reported an unexpected 69 percent decline in first- quarter profit after currency-hedging costs partly erased gains from its poultry businesses.

Retail Meat Prices: Up, Up and Away
Summer grilling season will cost meat lovers a few more dollars this year.

New Iowa Livestock Farm Rule Hearings Underway
Iowa livestock producers may have more regulations heading their way in how manure is handled.

WHO Releases Report on Antibiotic Resistance
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report on worldwide antibiotic resistance (AMR), calling it a major worldwide threat to public health.​

Tyson Foods 2Q More than Doubles, Meat Sales Up
Tyson Foods said Monday that its second-quarter net income more than doubled, benefiting from strong demand for chicken and higher prices for beef and pork.

Can EPA Regulate Animal Operations as Landfills?
Four Washington State dairies are the targets of environmental activists in lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences for animal agriculture in the United States. In these cases, the environmentalists assert that the dairies’ manure storage and application practices violate the Resource Con [...]

Cattle Trends Dictated by Weather
Short supplies, coupled with ranchers attempting to expand their herds, have led to lower commercial cow slaughter numbers, but weather conditions will help determine the direction of herd numbers.

Pork Inventories Declined 11.2% in March, Beef Down Too
Pork and beef inventories both dropped during March, according to the USDA.

Lilly Announces Agreement to Acquire Novartis Animal Health
$5.4 billion deal creates world’s second-largest animal health company.

Burger King Hamburger Gets a Chicken Makeover as Beef Costs Rise
The king of burgers is frying up more chicken these days.

Profit Tastes Like Chicken in Search for Cheap Meat
Record-high prices for U.S. beef burgers and pork chops are helping to make 2014 the most profitable year ever for chicken producers.

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs
Sign-up begins April 15 for livestock, honeybee and fruit grower emergency programs.

Idaho Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit on Farm Video Law
Attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

Vilsack: Ag Economy Remains Strong due to Exports
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he's confident the agricultural economy will remain strong despite an expected drop in farm income next year as corn prices lag and a pig virus reduces herds.

Lawmakers Pass Bills Boosting Agriculture Industry
Idaho farmers, ranchers and producers say they're happy with the outcome of the 2014 Legislature.

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Meat Labels
A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

25 Drug Companies to Phase out Animal Antibiotics
Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Kentucky: Bill Takes Aim at Animal-Rights Videos at Farms
Legislation aimed at criminalizing undercover filming or photographing of farm animal operations advanced to the Kentucky Senate on Tuesday with the backing of the state's most influential farm organization.

Meat Eaters Gulp Record Costs
The USDA, in a report today, predicted retail beef and poultry prices will rise 3 percent to 4 percent this year, faster than the 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent increase forecast for all foods.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Lowered; Milk Unchanged
The 2014 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is lowered from last month

Weather Impacts Make Manure Storage Monitoring Very Important
Due to the cold harsh winter and recent heavy rains and snow melt, livestock producers should keep a close watch on manure storage structures and pumping equipment.

Indiana Bill Addressing Farm Lawsuits Close to Passing
An agricultural bill that opponents warn would undermine Indiana residents' legal challenges against large livestock farms is moving closer to passage in the General Assembly.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Lowered; Milk Production Higher
The 2014 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is lowered from last month as higher beef production is more than offset by lower pork, broiler, and turkey production.

Meat Products Company Expands in Chicago
Hof Haus, a family meat products company, is undergoing a major expansion in Chicago.

Groups: Meat Labeling Rules Could Start Trade War
Meat and livestock groups upset that Congress opted in the new farm bill not to back off from mandatory country of origin labeling requirements are worried the issue could start a trade war with Canada and Mexico.

Local Meat Producers have more Options for Their Meat Products
Farmers who raise and sell their meat locally have more control over their marketing decisions, and receive higher prices for their product than those selling to buyers outside their regions, says USDA.

Reducing the Risks Associated with Winter Manure Application
Michigan State University Extension reminds livestock farmers to take extra precautions with winter manure applications.

Bitter Cold Temps will Create Prolonged Period of Livestock Cold Stress
Bitter cold temperatures are on the way, and they will move the livestock cold stress index into the emergency category for a prolonged period.

Assembling a Manure Spill Response Kit
Manure spills can occur during the storage, transportation and application of manure. Advanced planning can minimize the impacts of a manure-related emergency.​

Utah Defends Law Aimed at Livestock Filming
The state of Utah is pushing back against animal-welfare activists who contend a state law to prevent filming of agricultural operations is designed to silence them.

WASDE: Meat Production Lowered, Milk Production Raised for 2014
Lower pork and turkey production more than offset an increase in beef production; meanwhile, the forecast for milk production is raised as improving returns could support increased output per cow.

Senate Passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation's animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation's food supply.

Times Square Billboard Calls Out HSUS for Misleading Public
HumaneWatch.org analysis reveals the Humane Society of the U.S. gives only 1 percent of budget to local pet shelters.

Getting a Head Start on the New Year
What are some things that we should be thinking about to help make ourselves more productive and prepared for the upcoming year?

USDA Allows More Meat, Grains in School Lunches
USDA says it's making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches.

Tyson Foods Plant Cited by OSHA
The federal government has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson, Kan. for safety violations after a worker's hand was severed last summer.

Clock is Ticking on Use of Some Antimicrobial Drugs in Livestock Production
New rules shift oversight of ‘medically important’ feed antibiotics from producers to veterinarians.

Why is Anticipating Feed and Residual Use of Corn so Difficult?
The timeliness of U.S. corn consumption data varies by category of use, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist.

Colordao Meat Company Expands Recall
A Windsor, Colo. meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions.

Activists Target Law Aimed at Livestock Filming
Animal-welfare activists are saying Utah legislators enacted a law to prevent filming of agricultural operations to silence them.

Colorado Meat Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds of Meat
A Windsor, Colo. meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.

FDA Takes Steps to Phase Out Antibiotics in Meat
Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.

The Thanksgiving Meal Deal
Purdue University calculates what this year's holiday feast will cost.

Tyson Foods Profit Rises on Beef, Chicken Sales
Tyson Foods said Monday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 41%, driven by higher beef and chicken sales.

WASDE: Total Red Meat, Poultry Production Lowered
The forecasts for total red meat and poultry production for both 2013 and 2014 are lowered from September.

Record Corn Harvest Means Cheaper Chickens
The biggest-ever U.S. corn harvest is spurring poultry farms to expand chicken production, sending domestic supplies to a record and cutting costs for buyers.

HUGE Win for Agriculture in W.Va. Poultry Case
A West Virginia poultry farmer has come out on top in a dispute of national importance that pitted American Farm Bureau against EPA and environmental activist groups

West Virginia Poultry Farmer Wins EPA Suit over Runoff
The U.S. district judge said litter and manure washed by rain into Chesapeake Bay tributaries is agricultural runoff, not a fixed pollution source such as a factory.

WASDE: Total Red Meat and Poultry Production Raised for 2013
However, the 2013 milk production forecast is reduced, as well as the 2014 red meat and poultry forecast.

Judge Denies Attempt to Stop New COOL Rule
D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Jackson denied a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of the new Country-of-Origin Labeling rule.​

McDonald’s to Add Chicken Wings in Menu Overhaul
The chain recently removed Angus third-pounder burgers from its bill of fare and is now turning more toward poultry for its U.S. menu.

Better Days Ahead
Multiple factors work in unison to turn the tide on a weary but resilient livestock industry.

WASDE: Red Meat, Poultry Production Up Due to Higher Beef Output
The total red meat and poultry production forecast for 2013 is raised from last month as higher beef production more than offsets lower pork, broiler and turkey production.

China Loses Dispute Over Chicken Parts
A panel upheld most of the U.S. complaints that the country improperly imposed anti-subsidy duties and tariffs to prevent the poultry products from being sold below cost.

WASDE: Red Meat, Poultry Production Reduced
The forecast for 2013 red meat and poultry production is reduced from last month on lower beef, pork and turkey production.

Latest mCOOL regs will have USDA Singing “O Canada”
USDA's newest mCOOL regulations have irked our neighbors to the North, and for good reason.

WASDE: Beef Production Higher; Pork Down
Beef production is raised from last month as poor forage conditions have resulted in relatively large placements of cattle in feedlots and cow slaughter remains high.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, EPA Agree to Reduce Animal Waste Runoff
The agreement calls for regular inspections of animal feeding operations to make sure they are complying with anti-pollution regulations.

Farmland Price Plateau Ahead, Bankers Say
While good values and cash rental rates rose in some places, they fell in other states, and some bankers are worried about farmer financial health.

WASDE: Meat, Poultry, Milk Production Forecast Higher
Total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2014 is projected to be above 2013, while milk production is also forecast higher thanks to lower feed costs and relatively strong prices.

Groups Requests COOL Delay
Eight associations seek to delay the implementation of the proposed country-of-origin labeling rule until the WTO determines compliance.

Can Activist Groups Use Drones to Spy on Farmers?
There is increasing concern within the agricultural community that activist groups will use drones to spy on farming operations.

Court Allows Farm Bureau Suit Against EPA to Proceed
A West Virginia federal court denied EPA's motion to dismiss in an action that will require EPA to defend its position that CAFOs are required to obtain NPDES permits on the basis that dust and feathers exiting ventilation fans constitute a discharge.

WASDE: Red Meat, Poultry Production Lowered
Beef production is forecast down as lower expected fed cattle and bull slaughter more than offset greater cow slaughter.

Livestock Producers Say Goodbye to Green Pastures
As crops dried up during last year's drought, livestock producers saw the writing on the wall. Learn more in AgDay's "Dealing with Drought" series.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Up, Exports Lowered
The 2013 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month as higher beef, broiler, and turkey production is expected to more than offset lower forecast pork production.

EPA Releases CAFO Information, Activist Lawsuits Could Be on the Rise
EPA has released information regarding CAFOs from over 30 states to a group of environmental activists. We can expect these activists to use this information to bring lawsuits aimed at disrupting modern animal agriculture.

Cattlemen Concerned about Possible FSIS Furlough
National Cattlemen's Beef Association issues a statement regarding the possible 15 day furlough of all FSIS employees.

Total Red Meat Production Raised, Beef Exports Unchanged
The 2013 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month reflecting higher forecast beef, pork, broiler, and turkey production.

Chicken Farmer, American Farm Bureau Don't Want to Let EPA Off the Hook
Lois Alt, a West Virginia chicken farmer, American Farm Bureau Federation, and West Virginia Farm Bureau will not consent to dismissal of a case Alt brought against the EPA for overzealous enforcement of the Clean Water Act. EPA claims the issue is moot because it has dropped its enforcement order [...]

WASDE: Beef, Pork, Poultry Production Rises
Beef production is raised from last month based primarily on heavier carcass weights.

USDA Issues Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability
USDA announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate.

WASDE: Red Meat Production Reduced
The forecast for 2013 red meat and poultry production is reduced from last month as lower pork production more than offsets higher beef production.

Profitability Dries Up
Drought cuts deep for livestock farmers

WASDE: Red Meat Production Reduced
The forecast for 2013 red meat and poultry production is reduced from last month, largely reflecting lower beef and pork production.

Who Needs These High Corn Prices?
Corn consumption is clearly slowing, but the pace may not yet be sufficiently slow to ration the available supplies.

WASDE: Meat and Poultry Production Raised Slightly
Higher pork and poultry production more than offset lower beef production.

How Is the Livestock Market Shaping Up?
With high feed costs, it's been a tough year for livestock producers. Mark Gold of Top Third Ag Marketing has an update on the industry.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Drops Again
Lower than expected pork and poultry production more than offset a higher beef production forecast..

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Drops Again
The forecast for total red meat and poultry production for 2013 is reduced as higher feed prices are expected to pressure producer returns.

How Much Does It Take?
How much rain does it take to revive the US soybean crop? How much does it take to stop the erosion in US corn yields? How much additional pricing “disincentive” does it take to curtail US corn and soybean exports and slow ethanol production further?

Coalition Urges Waiver of RFS Because of Drought
Livestock groups petition EPA for one-year waiver of ethanol production mandate.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Reduced
The forecasts for 2012-2013 red meat and poultry production are reduced from last month as higher feed prices are expected to slow expansion and temper growth in weights.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Increased
The forecast for total meat production in 2012 is raised from last month as higher pork and poultry production more than offsets lower beef production.

WASDE: Increase in Pork Production, Decrease in Beef
Total U.S. meat production in 2013 is projected to be above 2012 as higher pork and poultry production more than offsets continued declines in beef production.

Livestock Groups Raise Concerns with Animal Production Mandates
NCBA president says a proposed federal mandate on livestock production would compromise animal welfare.

FDA Call on Antibiotics Could Hurt Livestock Producers
New rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock could bring additional strain to producers.

AgDay: Grocery Store Reverses LFTB Ban
After hearing from consumers and producers, Hy Vee grocery stores will put products containing lean finely textured beef back on the shelves.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Increased
The production forecast increase is raised due to increased broiler and turkey production, while beef production is lower.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Raised
The production forecast increase is raised due to increased broiler and turkey production, while beef production is lower.

Today on AgDay: Hen Housing Debate Heats Up
A proposed law that would change the national standard for laying hens and the cages they live in is causing controversy in the livestock industry.

Coming Up on AgDay: Report on Poultry Cage Law
On Feb. 24, AgDay will have team coverage of an important issue to animal agriculture—the proposed law on caged hens.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Forecast Lowered
The 2012 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month, largely reflecting increased pork production.

Today on AgDay: An End of Poultry Cages?
A big battle is building over the use of cages in the poultry industry, and the decision could have implications for other areas of agriculture.

Today on AgDay: Another Record Year Not Likely
Economists at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute say higher yields and weaker exports may lower corn prices, but cattle prices should stay high.

WASDE: Meat Production Forecast Raised
The 2012 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month, largely reflecting increased pork production.

Restaurants See an Upswing in Sales
That's good news for protein producers, since foodservice sales represent a large portion of beef, pork and poultry purchases.

WASDE: Cattle Prices Forecasted High
Demand strength is expected to carry into 2012 in the face of tight cattle supplies.

Thanksgiving Dinner More Expensive this Year
Americans talking turkey this Thanksgiving might say some not-so-grateful words about the price.

Some Consumers May Pay More for Sustainable Food
But a survey finds those who would pay more would only be willing to pay 1% to 5% more.

President Signs FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea
President Obama signs the Free Trade Agreements approved by Congress last week, and all that's left is implementation.

WASDE: Meat Production Forecast Reduced from Last Month
For 2011, beef and broiler production forecasts are reduced, but pork and turkey production is increased.

With Corn Stocks Up, Focus Turns to Yields, Demand
As corn futures plunged after USDA reported surprisingly high stocks, analysts wondered what livestock and poultry have been eating in place of corn. ​

Arizona Egg Producer Invests in Robotic Loader
Watch a video of "Big Bill" hoisting 20 half-cases of eggs in 60 seconds.

Missouri Student Is One 'Eggcellent' Entrepreneur
Dustin Stanton, age 18, has grown his farm project of producing eggs to a regional business by connecting with consumers and paying close attention to freshness.

WASDE: Meat, Poultry Production Forecast Raised
The 2011 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised reflecting higher beef production, but lower pork production.

Beef Producers Could Learn from Chicken Farmers
Beef producers can compete at the meat case by changing breeding, management and marketing.

WASDE: Total Meat Production Lowered
The forecast for 2011 total meat production is lowered from last month as lower beef production more than offsets higher expected pork and turkey production.

Potential Federal Law Coming for Animal Welfare
HSUS and the United Egg Producers are working together to create legislation that would do away with conventional cages in the egg laying industry. If enacted, this would be the first federal law dealing with animal welfare in farming.

House Approves Legislation that Puts GIPSA on Hold
Language in ag funding bill stops development of Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule. ​

WASDE: Meat Production Up, Pork and Poultry Down
The forecast for 2011 total meat production is raised from last month reflecting higher beef production.

Pfizer Voluntarily Suspends Sale of Poultry Drug
This follows a recent FDA study of broiler chickens that detected very low levels of inorganic arsenic in the livers of poultry treated with 3-Nitro.

Appropriations Measure Stops Implementation of ‘GIPSA Rule’
The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that blocks USDA from imposing marketing regulation.

WASDE: Higher Pork, Poultry Production
Total U.S. meat production in 2012 is projected to be about unchanged from 2011 as lower beef production largely offsets higher pork and poultry production.

Beef, Dairy Lead Rising Food Prices
Prepare to pay more when you head to the grocery store.

Report Examines Air Issues and Livestock Production
The purpose of the paper was to go beyond the generalizations and accusations often associated with the air quality topic.

Meat Industry Launches Campaign to Combat Top Meat Myths
The “Meat MythCrushers” campaign is an effort to crush some of the more popular myths associated today with meat and poultry.

Chicken Growers Pick Up the Pieces
Producers in northern Alabama face a long road to recovery after suffering damage from this week's storms.

Many End Users Still Hand-to-Mouth Corn
Dramatic price moves have many in the industry wondering when rationing will begin and which sector of the industry is most vulnerable.

Southern Plains’ Hard Red Wheat in Focus
Some U.S. poultry producers could be turning to lower-quality feed wheat as corn prices spike and oil-rich Middle Eastern countries continue to build wheat socks.

WASDE: Red Meat and Poultry Production Virtually Unchanged
While milk production forecast is slightly reduced.

Concerns Over Meat Inspection if Government Shuts Down
Meat industry asks Obama to classify meat and poultry inspectors as essential personnel who are not subject to work stoppage.

EPA Caught Overreaching on Clean Water Act
Court rules that EPA regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations were outside the agency’s authority.

Federal Appellate Court Rules Against Provision in EPA Regulation
Appeals court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its statutory authority.

15 Minutes with HSUS President Wayne Pacelle
Pacelle wants to “challenge" some of the false notions about the Humane Society of the United States.

Animal Cruelty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Part 2 of our interview with HSUS head Wayne Pacelle. He vows no further action in Missouri and touts work with farmer members.

HSUS Says It's Not After Agriculture
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, says his group has gotten a bad rap from groups who believe his group is anti-agriculture.

Competition in Agriculture Focus of Year Long Debate
The Department of Justice and USDA team up to find out where enforcement efforts need to focus.

World Ag Expo Names Top 10 New Products
The 44th annual World Ag Expo 2011 will take place Feb. 8 to 10 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif., with 1,600 exhibitors on 2.6 million sq. ft. of show grounds.

Livestock Vandalism Cases Reported in Iowa
Producers need to be cautious and aware of suspicious people or vehicles around farms.

Slight Increase to Thanksgiving Dinner Cost
The price tag for a classic Thanksgiving dinner when up this year, but barely.

Proposed GIPSA Rules Could Cost Chicken Industry $1 Billion
Study shows proposed new regulations from USDA will cost the broiler chicken industry more than $1 billion over five years.

Farm and Food Industry Groups Oppose EPA Decision on Corn-Based Ethanol
Decision impacts American farmers, food manufacturers and consumers

Livestock Important to Feeding the World
Animal-source foods combat poor nutrition, health and economic status.

Economy Still Putting Sqeeze on Restaurants
Contraction in restaurant business not good news for meat industry.

Humane Is the Game
Animal advocacy group zeros in on agriculture

Is It Really Chicken Feed?
The news media is reporting chicken feed has caused the salmonella outbreak. This exchange between two FDA representatives offers a little more insight to this, however.

That Circular Firing Squad at DOJ Hearing
That was quite the eye-popper of a DOJ-USDA “hearing” or some folks on each side of the chasm. It was as if we had all been transported into talk radio; as if somebody had told us that the louder we talked and the madder we seemed, the more persuasive we would be.

Refrigerate Your Eggs to Stay Safe
How can you protect your family with the recent salmonella outbreak in eggs? Amin Fadl, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, works directly with this troubling bacteria and offers advice. Audio courtesy of the University of Wisconsin.

Coverage of the Dept. of Justice Hearing
Steve Cornett, editor emeritus at Beef Today, was at the hearing on competition in agriculture, specifically livestock. Read his updates from the hearing.​

Egg Recall Impact in Washington
FDA, Congress seeking answers to salmonella outbreak

Export Trade Booming for Livestock and Poultry
USDA-Economic Research Service's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook shows strong export demand.

Senator Says Consumers Forgotten in Analysis of GIPSA Proposed Rule
Senator calls for better cost-benefit analysis on the rule.

A Chicken Deal
Poultry contracts come under fire at workshop

USDA: Dairy Product Demand Strengthens, but More Milk and Stocks Keep a Lid on Prices
Despite this year’s reduced dairy herd size, increased milk per cow means more milk this year and next, USDA’s Economic Research Service.

Congressional Hearing on Livestock Marketing Continues Debate
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Chairman David Scott (D-Ga.) held a hearing on to review livestock and related USDA programs.​

Livestock and Poultry Groups Call for End of Ethanol Subsidies
The nation’s largest livestock and poultry trade associations today asked the Senate leadership to allow a 30-year-old tax credit and a protective tariff for ethanol to expire as scheduled at the end of the year.

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates: Livestock, Poultry, Dairy
Forecast total U.S. meat production for 2010 is reduced slightly.

Heating Poultry Barns
Even though its spring time and seasonal heating costs are going down, farmers are always looking for ways to improve the bottom line.

Let the Door Slam on 2009
Bid goodbye to a terrible year for livestock

New Bird Flu Strain Detected in Nigeria
UN reports on new strain

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