U.S. Poultry = 1.6 M Jobs & $441 B in Economic Output

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the U.S. poultry industry provides …

Ag Group, Chicken, Eggs, National Chicken Council, Poultry, Turkey, US Poultry

DHA-enriched Pork, Milk & Eggs Hit Canadian Market

Jamie Johansen

Algae nutritional products from Alltech are now registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in the diets of pigs, dairy cows and laying hens. Canadian dairy, swine and layer producers will be able to market their DHA-enriched products as value-added functional foods, meeting consumer demand for nutrient-rich foods and beverages. “Consumers are becoming increasingly nutrition-focused, seeking out …

Agribusiness, Algae, Alltech, Dairy, Eggs, Feed, Food, Milk, Nutrition, Pork

Alltech Marketing Selenium-Enriched Eggs in Mongolia

Lizzy Schultz

Tumen Shuvuut, one of the largest layer companies in Mongolia, announced in a press conference that the company will begin marketing selenium-enriched eggs made with Sel-Plex organic selenium to Mongolian consumers nationwide. During the press conference, held in conjunction with the Public Health Institute of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, the company explained that the selenium egg is being launched to help …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Eggs, International, Nutrition

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