Poultry Industry Supports TPA

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As U-S trade representative Michael Froman appeared before congressional committees this week to stress the need for the president to be granted Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), poultry producers were talking trade issues in Atlanta at the IPPE. USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) President Jim Sumner says TPA is critical to getting major trade agreements with Asia and Europe …

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Ag is Target for Guest Worker Audits

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Agriculture has a target on its back when it comes to compliance with guest worker regulations, according to Eileen Scofield an immigration law attorney who held a workshop at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting this week. “Currently there’s three agencies that focus on employers but for ag in particular there’s about five or six other separate laws which are …

AFBF, Audio, Labor

Reaction to Chinese Ban on U.S. Poultry Imports

Cindy Zimmerman

China this week banned imports of U.S. poultry and eggs following the detection of avian flu in wild birds in the Pacific Northwest. “That’s overkill,” said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman in reaction. “It’s beyond the pale and we think they should be held to task and I’m hoping our government can convince China that they have over …

AFBF, Audio, International, Poultry, Trade

Food Safety Modernization Act Update at AFBF

Cindy Zimmerman

Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor provided an update on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. Taylor says his agency is focusing on three broad themes in implementing the 2011 law: the farm-to-table approach, practical common standards, and holding imports to the same standards …

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AFBF Honors Vilsack for “Riding for the Brand”

Cindy Zimmerman

American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman presented Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack with a special gift Monday to recognize his support of farmers and ranchers. Noting that a Texas cowboy phrase denoting loyalty to the ranch is “ride for the brand,” Stallman gave Vilsack a specially-made “US AG” branding iron. “Mr. Secretary, thank you for riding for the brand for …

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Farm Bureau Honors Temple Grandin

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized Dr. Temple Grandin for her distinguished service to agriculture during the organization’s 96th annual convention Sunday in San Diego. Dr. Temple Grandin has dedicated her life to improving animal welfare and handling. One of the most successful people in the world with autism, Grandin is the leading authority on farm animal behavior. Her unique …

AFBF, Audio, Livestock

Dairy Groups Share Support of US Ag Coalition for Cuba

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined other food and agricultural organizations in support of additional changes in U.S. policy to facilitate U.S. dairy exports to Cuba and permit open travel for all Americans to that nation. The dairy organizations are members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, …

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Adding Value to Missouri’s Beef

Jamie Johansen

Earlier this week the Missouri Department of Agriculture hosted the inaugural Missouri Beef Summit. The event stemmed from a question Missouri Governor Jay Nixon asked Richard Fordyce, Missouri Director of Agriculture, soon after he was appointed. That question: What are we doing for beef in our state? Fordyce said. “We started to take an in depth look at where we …

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Governor Convenes Missouri Beef Industry Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon convened a summit on Monday to discuss opportunities to maximize the potential of Missouri’s beef cattle industry. “It’s really about us as a country, making sure we are living up to our responsibility to feed, fuel and clothe the world,” said Nixon at the Missouri Beef Industry Summit, held at the University of Missouri in Columbia. …

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Pork Board’s Strategic Plan – People, Pigs & Planet

Jamie Johansen

During the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk intern, Taylor Truckey, sat down with fellow Michiganite, Dale Norton. Dale is President of the National Pork Board and after they found out they are from neighboring hometowns, they chatted about their new initiative, People, Pigs & Planet that they are using to bridge the gap between producer and consumer. …

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