USDA’s Vet Medicine Loan Repayment Program

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded more than $4.3 million to 48 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. The awards, made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), will fill shortage needs in 27 states. “Veterinarians play a critical …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Livestock, usda, Veterinary

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese

Jamie Johansen

Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. While USDA projects dairy prices to increase throughout the rest of the year, …

Ag Group, Cheese, Dairy, National Milk, usda

USDA-GIPSA Issues Approval for 3 Minute Aflatoxin Test

Jamie Johansen

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has officially approved Charm Sciences, Inc.’s ROSA® WET®-S3 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (AFQ-WETS3) for testing of aflatoxin in the U.S. national grain inspection system. An official Certificate of Conformance from USDA/GIPSA declares that the test kit meets the accuracy specifications for 5 to 300 ppb aflatoxin in corn. The Charm ROSA AFQ-WETS3 test …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, corn, Feed, Nutrition, usda

New USDA App Protects Cattle from Heat Stress

Jamie Johansen

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone app forecasting conditions triggering heat stress in cattle and offered on both Google Play and the App Store. The app issues forecasts one to seven days in advance of extreme heat conditions, along with recommended actions that can protect animals before and during a heat-stress event. In some cattle, distress …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Apps, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, usda

USDA to Enhance Pork Cutout

Jamie Johansen

According to the National Pork Producers Council, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is planning to enhance the pork cutout by placing additional product into the ham primal. The pork carcass cutout is an estimated value for a hog carcass based on current wholesale prices paid for sub-primal pork cuts. By adding individual muscles (insides, outsides and knuckles) to the …

Ag Group, NPPC, Pork, usda

Vilsack on Latest Quarterly Export Forecasts

Jamie Johansen

USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the first forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal year 2017 and a revised forecast for fiscal year 2016. Both forecasts indicate U.S. agricultural exports have begun to rally and will continue the record-setting pace that began in 2009. “These numbers once again demonstrate the resiliency and reliability of U.S. …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Trade, usda

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese to Assist Dairy Producers

Jamie Johansen

The USDA announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. USDA also announced that it will extend the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy …

Ag Group, Cheese, Dairy, dairy farming, usda

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 …

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NMPF Also Asks USDA to Aid to Dairy Farmers

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has also sent a letter to the USDA to provide a measure of relief by purchasing at least $100 million worth of cheese products for donation to the needy – a measure that would help both farmers, and food insecure Americans who patronize food banks. In a letter sent Friday to Agriculture Secretary Tom …

Ag Group, Dairy, Milk, National Milk, usda

Farm Bureau Asks USDA for Emergency Dairy Aid

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the USDA to provide emergency assistance for the nation’s dairy farmers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said AFBF supported a recent request from 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance. Duvall noted the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in …

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