FDA Releases FVM Program’s Strategic Plan

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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 …

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#BeefMeet Draws 700 Cattlemen

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The Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting drew over 700 cattlemen and women to Denver this week to discuss the policy priorities for the cattle industry. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president Tracy Brunner says the event showed how the industry comes together to tackle critical issues like market volatility and expanding international markets, especially related to passage of the Trans-Pacific …

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NCC Recommends Changes to Organic Rule

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The National Chicken Council (NCC) released a statement recommending revision or clarification of several key aspects of the latest proposed rule from the National Organic Program (NOP) that intends to enhance bird health, protect food safety, and maintain a viable organic program. “NCC is concerned that the proposed rule imposes unreasonable costs and requirements of doubtful benefit on organic farmers, …

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NCBA Comments on Proposed Organic Marketing Rule

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recently submitted comments on the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule, with NCBA President Tracy Brunner stating that voluntary agency marketing programs are not the place to codify animal production practices. “Organic programs are marketing programs and therefore not the place to prescribe animal welfare …

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NMPF Endorses Legislation Exempting Farms from RCRA

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has expressed support for new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that clarifies the exemption of dairy farms and other livestock producers from being subject to the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA was enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 to set forth a framework for the …

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NCC Calls for Reduction of 2017 Ethanol Levels

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The National Chicken Council (NCC) has stated their support for recent efforts to create a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel fuel policy. The organization believes that the diversion of corn from feed to fuel exacts a heavy toll on U.S. chicken producers, as well as American consumers, at the pump and the plate. “NCC believes the …

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NPPC Opposes Proposed Welfare Policy Changes

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has released statements in response to two recently proposed policy changes related to animal welfare, and has called upon producers to take action against them, and in defense of the American farmers that could be seriously affected by the legislation. NPPC is encouraging pork producers to weigh in on the new organic animal welfare …

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Dairy Groups Support Senate on GMO Labeling Decision

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked members of the United States Senate for approving a cloture motion today that will set up a final vote on legislation for a federal, uniform labeling system for foods produced using biotechnology. The final vote is expected to take place by Friday afternoon. The legislation was negotiated by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and …

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AHC National Issues Forum Wraps Up

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The American Horse Council’s (AHC) Annual Meeting wrapped up last month with the National Issues Forum, with several relevant presentations and discussions on major issues and projects currently at the forefront of the council and the horse industry in general. Christie Schulte, Marketing Manager for the AHC Time to Ride Campaign, provided attendees with the campaign’s 2016 progress report, as …

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FDA Releases Fifth Progress Report on GFI #213

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its fifth progress report highlighting its recent actions to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals with the publication of Guidance for Industry (GFI) #213. All of the affected drug sponsors have committed in writing to making the changes described in the guidance by the end of 2016, and …

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