That’s the word from Japan this morning – the 26th confirmed case of BSE in the Land of the Rising Sun. This time, cow in question is a 5-year old dairy cow from the Hokkaido province.
Accelerated Genetics was honored this week with a Governor’s Export Achievement Award from Wisconsin Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Judy Ziewacz.
That’s the message health professionals are delivering as many states contemplate potential legislation to allow the sale of unpasteurized dairy products. Advocates of the unprocessed dairy claim that raw milk can magically prevent asthma, tooth decay, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, osteoporosis and other ailments. On the other hand, the health community points out that you’ll most likely end up with salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and more.
As you know, New Mexico is the fastest growing dairy state in the country, so the job of heading USDA’s rural development efforts in the state will focus on communities with strong ties to our industry and operations.
Here’s a summary of the USDA 2005 Milk Production, Disposition and Income report. The main number that jumps out is the lower cash receipts. Which of course relates to producer income. You can find the full report here. (pdf file)
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to exclude agriculture from new air quality standards governing coarse dust particles. The Agency is revising national air quality standards for both coarse and fine dust particles, and the American Farm Bureau Federation is strongly encouraging adoption of the ag exclusion. Submitting comments on the proposed rule, AFBF cited the lack of scientific justification …
Not that milk production isn’t growing by leaps and bounds both here in the US and, as you’ll recall from a few days ago, Japan.
If not, you’d better find out sooner rather than later… otherwise, Uncle Sam may be hauling you off to the federal pen.
The Farm Service Agency announced this week that Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) payments are being processed.