Poultry, Egg & Soy Groups Head to Cuba

Jamie Johansen

The heads of four national U.S. poultry and egg organizations will lead a delegation representing the poultry, egg and U.S. soybean industries to Cuba for a fact-finding trade mission Sept. 27-30. Last week I traveled to Cuba with an agricultural media delegation and spent our time immersed in Cuban culture and agriculture. I am still regaining my wits and can’t …

Ag Group, Cuba, Eggs, International, National Chicken Council, Poultry, Trade

Iowa Resumes Inspections of State Inspected Egg Handlers

Jamie Johansen

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship resumed inspections of state inspected egg handlers on June 1, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also resumed inspection of federally licensed egg handling facilities starting on June 1. All Department inspectors have received additional training on appropriate biosecurity on visiting livestock and poultry farms and will continue to …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Chicken, Eggs, Food, Poultry

AgriBank Report on Livestock & Dairy Sectors

Jamie Johansen

Livestock and dairy margins continue to adjust downward from their record levels set in late 2014, as production increases and export demand declines due to the increasing value of the U.S. dollar, according to a new report issued by AgriBank, the St. Paul-based Farm Credit Bank. After declining $26.5 billion in 2015, the USDA projects that total U.S. livestock and …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Eggs, Livestock, Markets, Turkey

New Opportunities for U.S. Animal Ag in Vietnam

Jamie Johansen

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, traveled to Vietnam to meet with his counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among others, to discuss the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Vietnam remains one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, with U.S. exports totaling $2.3 billion in …

Ag Group, Beef, Dairy, Eggs, Export, Policy, Pork, Poultry, usda

Lawsuit Filed Against Animal Rights Initiative

Lizzy Schultz

Massachusetts farmer James Dunn and local anti-poverty activist Diane Sullivan have joined together in a lawsuit asking Massachusetts courts to toss a proposed 2016 animal rights petition. Proposed Initiative Petition No. 15-11 would create strict new regulations on farmers and place new restrictions on interstate commerce, and experts have warned that the proposed rules will actually harm animals, while driving …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Welfare, consumer, Eggs, Farm Policy, Farming, legislation, Livestock, Policy, Protect the Harvest

Walmart U.S. Announces Transition to Cage-Free Eggs

Jamie Johansen

Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club are the latest brands to switch to cage-free eggs. They just announced their goal to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. They stated this step represents a “commitment to continuously improving the company’s food supply chain while maintaining the affordable prices that customers expect.” “Our customers and associates count on Walmart …

Agribusiness, Animal Welfare, Eggs, Poultry

Egg Industry Forum Program Released

Lizzy Schultz

Chicago will be the location for the Egg Industry Center (EIC) at Iowa State University‘s 2016 Issues Forum. The Forum will run April 20-21, 2016, at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. The event program is full of informational sessions and events of interest to egg producers, processors and allied egg-industry groups. Registrations are now being accepted at the …

Ag Group, Eggs, Events, IPPE

Eggs Join List of Dietary Guidelines Approved

Jamie Johansen

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines has removed a daily limit on dietary cholesterol and includes eggs in all three recommended healthy eating patterns. The American Egg Board said eggs have been shown to reduce the risk of major chronic health conditions facing Americans. “The U.S. has joined many other countries and expert groups like the American Heart Association and the American …

Ag Group, Eggs, Food, Health, usda