First Shipments of U.S. Beef to Brazil Have Arrived

Jamie Johansen

The first shipment of fresh U.S. beef has arrived in Brazil following a 13-year hiatus, announces Secretary Sonny Perdue. The USDA says the entrance of American beef into the Brazilian market will bring promising long-term economic opportunity for U.S. beef producers. “With Brazil’s large market reopened to the United States, U.S. beef exports are poised for new growth. I look …

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POTUS Comments on Animal Ag & Trade

Jamie Johansen

President Trump welcomed new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his first day in office for a White House “Farmers Roundtable” where animal agriculture sat center stage and the signing of an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. During the signing, President Trump commented on the current trade dispute with Canada over dairy product …

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Senate Confirms Sonny Perdue

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Senate has formally confirmed the nomination of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture. The final vote was 87 to 11. Agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, Perdue worked on the family farm in central Georgia andn will be only the fourth agriculture secretary who can claim to have been …

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GIPSA Delays Effective Date of Interim Final

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced that it is delaying the effective date of the Scope of Sections 202 (a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act Interim Final Rule until October 19, 2017. They also announced they are asking the public to comment on four possible actions USDA should take in regards to the …

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USDA Taking Nominations for American Lamb Board

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for positions on the 2018 American Lamb Board. There are five vacancies for the 2018 Board. The vacancies include one position for a producer with less than 100 lambs, one position for a producer with more than 500 lambs, one feeder position with less than 5,000 lambs, one first handler position, and …

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USDA Authorizes Emergency CRP Grazing After Wildfires

Jamie Johansen

The USDA, acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas who were most heavily impacted by wildfires in March. USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the …

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USDA’s Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff announced the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. The call featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report. A general theme of hog number growth sat centerstage. The panelists included: – Len Steiner, President, Steiner Consulting Group, Merrimack, NH – Daniel Bluntzer, Partner, New Frontier Capital Markets LLC, Corpus Christi, TX – Kevin Bost, …

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Perdue Finally Gets Hearing

Jamie Johansen

Accompanied by his four children and 14 grandchildren, former Georgia Governor Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III finally had his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday and will hopefully be confirmed shortly. “I know there was some anxiety over whether there would be a secretary of agriculture nominee,” Perdue began. “I must say with all the humility I can muster …

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NCC Calls for Withdrawal of Interim GIPSA Rules

Lizzy Schultz

The National Chicken Council (NCC) filed several comments this week with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) explaining the numerous reasons why the agency’s interim final rule and proposed rules are ill-advised, would inflict billions of dollars of economic harm to American agriculture, exceed GIPSA’s statutory authority, and represent an arbitrary and capricious abuse …

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No Tainted Brazilian Meat Entered U.S., Yet Still Re-Inspecting

Jamie Johansen

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that while none of the slaughter or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal have shipped meat products to the U.S., they are still taking extra steps to keep food supply safe. FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil upon hearing …

Ag Group, Food, food safety, Imports, Meat, usda