Little Change in Cost of July 4th Cookouts

carrie muehling

Americans will pay just slightly more to celebrate the Independence Day holiday with a traditional cookout. A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for July 4th, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and watermelon, will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm …

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NPPC Launches Keep America First in Ag Campaign

cindy zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has launched a new campaign to highlight the importance of establishing a proper regulatory framework for gene editing in American livestock. The “Keep America First in Agriculture” campaign was officially kicked off Tuesday with a media teleconference featuring leading researchers, veterinarians, producers and industry experts. “Gene editing is a huge step forward for America’s …

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Pig Farmers Make 55 Years of Sustainability Progress

cindy zimmerman

Just in time for Earth Day, the National Pork Board has released a new study from the University of Arkansas confirming that “today’s pork is more earth-friendly than ever thanks to great progress in multiple key sustainability metrics over more than five decades.” According to the new study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, the inputs …

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Egg Prices Down for Easter

cindy zimmerman

About 180 million eggs are purchased each year in the United States for Easter, and this year they are a little less pricey than normal. According to an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) analysis, the typical seasonal bump in retail egg prices that normally occurs just prior to Easter did not not happen this year because an increase in the …

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Bayer Explores the Future of Food

cindy zimmerman

The Bayer Agvocacy Forum yesterday explored the topic of how plant-based diets and cellular agriculture will impact the future of food. A diverse group – including a researcher, a professor, a cattleman and a cellular meat company representative – discussed the touchy subject of lab grown “fake meat.” Listen to the discussion between (LtoR) Lisa Lundy, Associate Professor, University of …

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NCBA Advocates for USDA to Oversee Fake Meat

cindy zimmerman

Officers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reiterated their unwavering support for USDA oversight of lab-grown fake meat during a public meeting this week, hosted jointly by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). President-Elect Jennifer Houston explained why USDA is well-positioned to apply current food safety processes to lab-grown fake meat products, since two-thirds of the facilities …

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Agencies to Hold Meeting on Lab Grown Fake Meat

cindy zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a joint meeting next month, Oct. 23-24, to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry – better known to producers as lab-grown fake meat. The joint public meeting, hosted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service …

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Cousin Elected to Heifer International Board of Directors

cindy zimmerman

Ertharin Cousin, former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, has been elected to the Heifer International Board of Directors, joining other members with diverse backgrounds in the business, agriculture, academic, faith-based and private sectors. Cousin will serve on the board as an at-large delegate for a three-year term. With more than 30 years of national and international …

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