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04 March 2021
View news from United States As US meatpackers announce vaccine plans, workers groups highlight slow progress
COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of US meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers....
03 March 2021
View news from United States American Farm Bureau voices support for cattle market transparency
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFB) is calling on lawmakers to require increased transparency in US cattle markets. ...
View news from United States How to identify and control poison hemlock
Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) was originally brought to the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental garden plant (another good idea gone awry) and is now found throughout North America. ...
02 March 2021
View news from United States Trouw Nutrition Acquires Texas Plant, Expands US Hi-Pro Feeds Operations
Trouw Nutrition, the animal nutrition division of Nutreco, is a global leader in innovative feed specialties, premixes, feed additives, and nutritional services for the animal nutrition industry has announced today that it has completed the acquisition...
View news from United States Tyson offers vaccinations to thousands of meat plant workers in Iowa
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest US meat processor, is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of its frontline workers at its Iowa meat processing plants this week....
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures hit five-week low on technical selling and weak beef prices
Technical selling on 1 March drove CME live cattle futures to their lowest prices in more than five weeks....
View news from United States Weak US dollar benefits some farm commodities, but not all
Fluctuating currency values can boost export opportunities for many agricultural commodities, but they can create headwinds for others - new CoBank report. ...
25 February 2021
View news from United States Iowa lawmakers urge USDA Secretary to expand COVID-19 relief programs for family cattle feeders
Senator Joni Ernst and members of the Iowa Delegation are urging Secretary Vilsack to expand coronavirus aid programs for Iowa's family cattle feeders. ...
View news from United States FACA expands its membership and begins developing climate policy
The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance is expanding its membership and has announced new policy working groups focused on developing a set of specific proposals to address the climate crisis. ...
24 February 2021
View news from United States US Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as USDA secretary
The US Senate voted to confirm Tom Vilsack as head of the Department of Agriculture on 23 February, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama....
23 February 2021
View news from United States USRSB to shore up feedyard and auction market sectors with new sustainability modules
The US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has unveiled additional sustainability resources for the feedyard and auction market sectors. ...
22 February 2021
View news from United States USDA Ag Outlook Forum: US dairy industry still facing uncertainties
The US dairy sector entered 2021 still in flux following the unprecedented disruptions brought about by COVID-19 in 2020, USDA said Friday in its closely watched annual Ag Outlook Forum. ...
View news from United States US administration stresses that risk of transmitting COVID-19 through food packaging is still negligible
Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD say that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging transmitting SARS-CoV-2 bacteria. ...
20 February 2021
View news from United States USDA updates its COVID-19 strategy
The USDA has deployed 127 disaster, public health specialists to assist with federal COVID-19 response. ...
19 February 2021
View news from United States Texas ranchers scramble to keep animals alive in unusual cold
Texas ranchers worked overtime to haul water and hay to cattle to keep them alive during a freak winter storm, but some cows have already succumbed to unusual icy temperatures that also killed chickens, idled meat plants and threatened crops....
View news from United States Weekly beef and dairy digest: CEOs warn of food inflation as crop prices rise
As the US embarks on its economic recovery from COVID-19, food companies warn that skyrocketing grain prices could inflate food prices for consumers. ...
View news from United States USDA unveils plans to assist farmers, ranchers and communities affected by severe winter storms
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance....
18 February 2021
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures sag as US cold snap stalls slaughter operations
US cattle futures dropped on 17 February as wintry weather and power outages hampered meat-packing operations, slowing the pace of slaughter and reducing demand for market-ready animals....
View news from United States Cargill idles meat plants in three Texas cities after US cold snap
Cargill Inc said on 17 February that meat plants across the three cities will be idled through 18 February because a local utility company has restricted natural gas availability after a cold snap hit the state....
View news from United States Altosid IGR Announces Lower Price To Protect Cattle, Bottom Lines
Altosid IGR, the industry-leading feed-through insect growth regulator for horn fly control, is now available at a price of 2 to 3 cents per animal, per day. ...
View news from United States Biden Administration extends foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance
The USDA has extended the evictions and foreclosure moratorium to 30 June 2021 and issues additional guidance for servicing loans impacted by COVID-19, bringing relief to rural residents....
17 February 2021
View news from United States US tracking transboundary and emerging diseases
Transboundary and emerging diseases are constant threats to the livestock industry. Even as biosafety measures have evolved, there is always the lingering threat of highly contagious or newly discovered diseases impacting animal health....
View news from United States Calves on the ground put money in the pocket
The next crop of calves is what keeps the cattle industry in business. Knowing this, a Texas A&M University study aims to reduce reproduction failure, which can cause a significant loss to the US beef industry....
View news from United States Amazing Cows Hold Promise in Pioneering Sustainable Food Systems
In today’s climate change narrative, animal-based agriculture often endures criticism for its alleged contributions to the global problem. With some naysayers ranking the industry second only to the population explosion as a root contributor to global...
16 February 2021
View news from United States US dairy exports volume sets all-time high mark in 2020
Despite significant disruptions in trade throughout 2020, the United States exported nearly 2.4 million metric tons of dairy goods last year–a record-setting mark, according to data released today by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). ...
View news from United States Growth seen in Kansas dairy industry despite fewer farms
Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years and Kansas State University’s Mike Brouk expects that trend to continue....
15 February 2021
View news from United States Cold stress: late winter storms cause challenges for cattle
A Kansas State University beef cattle specialist is urging the state’s producers to continue monitoring their cattle’s condition, especially during periods when Mother Nature sends her winter chill....
View news from United States Novel sperm imaging technique could improve cattle, human fertility
University of Illinois researchers have developed a new technique to determine the fertility of sperm samples in cattle....
 
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