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25 February 2021
View news from United States FACA expands its membership and begins developing climate policy
The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance is expanding its membership and has announced new policy working groups focused on developing a set of specific proposals to address the climate crisis. ...
24 February 2021
View news from United States US Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as USDA secretary
The US Senate voted to confirm Tom Vilsack as head of the Department of Agriculture on 23 February, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama....
23 February 2021
View news from United States USRSB to shore up feedyard and auction market sectors with new sustainability modules
The US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has unveiled additional sustainability resources for the feedyard and auction market sectors. ...
22 February 2021
View news from United States USDA Ag Outlook Forum: US dairy industry still facing uncertainties
The US dairy sector entered 2021 still in flux following the unprecedented disruptions brought about by COVID-19 in 2020, USDA said Friday in its closely watched annual Ag Outlook Forum. ...
View news from United States US administration stresses that risk of transmitting COVID-19 through food packaging is still negligible
Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD say that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging transmitting SARS-CoV-2 bacteria. ...
20 February 2021
View news from United States USDA updates its COVID-19 strategy
The USDA has deployed 127 disaster, public health specialists to assist with federal COVID-19 response. ...
19 February 2021
View news from United States Texas ranchers scramble to keep animals alive in unusual cold
Texas ranchers worked overtime to haul water and hay to cattle to keep them alive during a freak winter storm, but some cows have already succumbed to unusual icy temperatures that also killed chickens, idled meat plants and threatened crops....
View news from United States Weekly beef and dairy digest: CEOs warn of food inflation as crop prices rise
As the US embarks on its economic recovery from COVID-19, food companies warn that skyrocketing grain prices could inflate food prices for consumers. ...
View news from United States USDA unveils plans to assist farmers, ranchers and communities affected by severe winter storms
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance....
18 February 2021
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures sag as US cold snap stalls slaughter operations
US cattle futures dropped on 17 February as wintry weather and power outages hampered meat-packing operations, slowing the pace of slaughter and reducing demand for market-ready animals....
View news from United States Altosid IGR Announces Lower Price To Protect Cattle, Bottom Lines
Altosid IGR, the industry-leading feed-through insect growth regulator for horn fly control, is now available at a price of 2 to 3 cents per animal, per day. ...
View news from United States Biden Administration extends foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance
The USDA has extended the evictions and foreclosure moratorium to 30 June 2021 and issues additional guidance for servicing loans impacted by COVID-19, bringing relief to rural residents....
17 February 2021
View news from United States US tracking transboundary and emerging diseases
Transboundary and emerging diseases are constant threats to the livestock industry. Even as biosafety measures have evolved, there is always the lingering threat of highly contagious or newly discovered diseases impacting animal health....
View news from United States Amazing Cows Hold Promise in Pioneering Sustainable Food Systems
In today’s climate change narrative, animal-based agriculture often endures criticism for its alleged contributions to the global problem. With some naysayers ranking the industry second only to the population explosion as a root contributor to global...
16 February 2021
View news from United States US dairy exports volume sets all-time high mark in 2020
Despite significant disruptions in trade throughout 2020, the United States exported nearly 2.4 million metric tons of dairy goods last year–a record-setting mark, according to data released today by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). ...
View news from United States Growth seen in Kansas dairy industry despite fewer farms
Kansas is well known for beef production, but the state’s dairy industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years and Kansas State University’s Mike Brouk expects that trend to continue....
15 February 2021
View news from United States Cold stress: late winter storms cause challenges for cattle
A Kansas State University beef cattle specialist is urging the state’s producers to continue monitoring their cattle’s condition, especially during periods when Mother Nature sends her winter chill....
View news from United States Novel sperm imaging technique could improve cattle, human fertility
University of Illinois researchers have developed a new technique to determine the fertility of sperm samples in cattle....
14 February 2021
View news from United States US NFU hails additional support for food and ag in COVID-19-relief bill
In a step towards passing a $1.9 trillion relief package, the House Agriculture Committee voted 25-23 in favour of the bill’s food and nutrition title, potentially giving $16.1 billion in relief to farmers....
08 February 2021
View news from United States CME update: live cattle futures top one-year high on strong demand
US live cattle futures reached their highest point in a year on 5 February, while March feeder cattle futures slid back from previous highs....
06 February 2021
View news from United States Keep foodborne illness away from your Super Bowl end zone
Score a touchdown this year with your Super Bowl LV snacks by keeping bacteria out of the end zone....
04 February 2021
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures slip despite solid domestic demand
US live and feeder cattle futures settled lower on 3 February as traders pin hopes on increased meat demand from China....
03 February 2021
View news from United States Bull run in US grain futures markets is in high gear, but for how long?
US grain futures markets the past few months have rallied strongly, setting multi-year highs. As of this writing, nearby corn futures have notched a 7.5-year high of $5.55 3/4 a bushel, nearby soybean futures a 6.5-year high of $14.38 1/4 a bushel and...
View news from United States CME update: cattle futures advance on strong meat demand
US live and feeder cattle futures rose on 2 February as both domestic and export demand for beef improve....
View news from United States Lawsuit alleges that Tyson Foods misled shareholders about COVID-19 safety measures
US meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc was sued on 2 February for allegedly defrauding shareholders with misleading disclosures about its ability to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in its facilities....
View news from United States Essential agriculture workers in California to get COVID-19 vaccine on farms
Deemed an essential workforce during the pandemic, California's mostly Latino farmworkers are also underrepresented in the state's vaccination program, health officials and activists say, prompting the delivery of shots in the fields....
View news from United States President Biden halts residential evictions for USDA multifamily housing communities
The Biden administration has put a moratorium on residential evictions in USDA multifamily housing, following CDC guidance....
02 February 2021
View news from United States US Congress to investigate COVID-19 worker safety at meat processing firms
A US congressional panel is investigating three large meatpacking companies for possible worker-safety violations after reports that hundreds of industry workers have died of the novel coronavirus....
 
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