India’s Dairy Sector Report from USDA

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released a new report about India’s dairy sector. The report and research was conducted by Maurice Landes, Jerry Cessna, Lindsay Kuberka, and Keithly Jones. India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of milk. Growth in milk supply and demand has been robust, but projections indicate that production targets will be difficult to reach …

Ag Group, Cattle, Dairy, Export, Milk, usda

USDA Confirms Avian Flu in Commercial Flock in TN

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The flock of 73,500 is located within …

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USDA Announces $1.4 Million Organic Dairy Grant

Lizzy Schultz

In an effort to support research needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health while conforming to organic regulations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by \Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences …

Ag Group, Dairy, dairy farming, Organic, usda

USDA Releases First Report From 2015 Equine Study

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has released the first report from its 2015 equine study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015. The Equine 2015 study is the third national study of the U.S. equine industry from NAHMS. The equine studies were designed to further inform participants, industry, …

Animal Health, Equine, Horses, Research, usda

USDA to Measure Financial Well-Being of the Dairy Sector

Jamie Johansen

Beginning in January, representatives of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will visit dairy farms across the nation, as the agency begins collecting data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS targets select commodities on a rotational basis. This year, the survey places additional focus on corn, and conventional and organic dairy sectors. …

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Animal Ag Reacts To GIPSA Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a final rule for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) yesterday. USDA refers to the rule as common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement joined by National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Government, National Chicken Council, NCBA, NPPC, Policy, usda

Proposed Fact Panel Revisions for Meat & Poultry

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed updated nutritional information for meat and poultry products. FSIS is proposing to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products to parallel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final nutrition regulations, which were published on May 27, 2016. The proposed rule will improve …

Ag Group, Food, Meat, Nutrition, Poultry, usda

USDA Hosting LMR Stakeholder Meetings

Lizzy Schultz

In an effort to receive feedback regarding current livestock and meat marketing methods and the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a series of stakeholder meetings that begin next week. The meetings will serve as part of a Congress-assigned study regarding the marketing of livestock and meat products covered by …

Ag Group, Livestock, Marketing, Research, usda

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, …

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