Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigen Cattle Operations

Jamie Johansen

The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing this week on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president, said the regulation would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and passing them on to future generations. Many …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Government, Livestock, NCBA, Policy

Obama Promotes Antibiotic Myths In Bill Maher Interview

Lizzy Schultz

Agricultural interests are concerned about several comments made by President Barack Obama in an interview that discussed antibiotic use in animals on HBO’s Realtime with Bill Maher last week. While the President emphasized the value of science-based policies in the interview, several of his statements lack science-based supporting evidence and suggest a misunderstanding of the current policies enforced by the …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, food safety, Government, Policy, Video

Senate Passes Modernized Livestock Rule

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, applauds unanimous Senate passage of H.R. 5883, the Clarification of Treatment of Electronic Sales of Livestock Act of 2016. H.R. 5883 passed the House of Representatives earlier this week and is identical to S. 3350, introduced by Agriculture Committee Member Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. H.R. …

Ag Group, Government, Livestock, Markets

BLM to Gather Sand Wash Wild Horses

Lizzy Schultz

A decision signed last week will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin gathering up to 50 wild horses from northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash herd management area (HMA) next month. The young horses will be bait-trapped and placed in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) training and adoption program, and fertility control treatments will be administered to any …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Conservation, Equine, Government, Horses, Wild Horses

FDA Releases New FSMA Draft Guidances

Lizzy Schultz

As the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) continues, the FDA has issued two new draft guidances to assist industry with the implementation of the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule, as well as another draft guidance to assist businesses in determining whether the activities they perform are within the “farm” definition. Two of the draft guidances …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, FDA, Government, Policy

Enviro Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation

Jamie Johansen

According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Center for Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and …

Ag Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, Government, Land, NCBA, PLC

FDA Extends Certain FSMA Compliance Dates

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, with the first major compliance dates beginning next month for large food facilities. While the major provisions of the FSMA rules are being implemented as planned, the FDA issued a final rule that extends and clarifies the compliance dates for certain provisions …

Ag Group, FDA, Food, food safety, Government

Vilsack Awards $17.8 Million in Grants

Lizzy Schultz

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has awarded a new investment of $17.8 million to 37 different projects that are helping to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The investment is made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which has invested more than $126 million into projects targeting …

Ag Group, award, Farming, Government, usda

Senators Address Organic Livestock, Poultry Concerns

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of 13 Senators in sending a second letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requesting additional information regarding expressed concerns with the Agency’s proposed rule on revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. “The proposed rule raises significant concerns regarding …

Ag Group, Government, Livestock, Organic, Policy, politics, Poultry

FDA Releases FVM Program’s Strategic Plan

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) Program’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2016-2025. The plan outlines the FVM Program’s goals and objectives for the next 10 years. The FVM program, which encompasses the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the Center for …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Company Announcement, FDA, Government, Policy, usda, Veterinary