26 APR

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-thin outcomes for his choices earlier this year. Perdue’s cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted “present” but presided over the vote and announced the final tally.

The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Georgia, Sonny Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He has owned several agricultural businesses, but isn’t related to or affiliated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.  Read more

26 APR

2017 meat and poultry industry economic outlook: Focus on growth

The year 2016 was a far less dramatic year for the beef, pork and poultry industries – as it wasn’t battling bad weather, infectious diseases or supply shortages – and provided breathing room for industry participants to absorb last year’s sluggish export sales, large-animal supplies and falling prices. The overall result, however, was a mixed bag for different segments of the meat and poultry industry. Read more

18 APR

Melania Trump kicks off 139th annual Easter Egg Roll

Eggs are rolling — nearly 18,000 of them — Monday at the White House.

First lady Melania Trump, hosting the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, kicked off the event alongside President Donald Trump, calling it a “wonderful tradition.” “As we renew this tradition, thank you for joining us. On behalf of the President and Barron, we wish you great fun and beautiful days coming ahead of us,” she said, also thanking the military band, White House staff and egg roll volunteers for their help. Trump, in his suit and signature red tie, also thanked the crowd of attendees gathered below the White House balcony. Read more

18 APR

Cooper Farms builds station to prevent diseases

A new building at the intersection of West Caroline Street and Walnut Street in Paulding on the property of the Cooper Grain and Feed Mill is a truck disinfectant station to help prevent the spread of diseases to and from the Cooper Farms facility.

“All of this is because of bio security, which is disease prevention,” said Cassie Jo Arend, Cooper Farms corporate communications manager. “We try to make sure that all of our animals stay as healthy as they can stay,” she added. “It’s part of why we have them in barns because external factors are the biggest issues when it comes to our animals being unhealthy.” Bio security is one of the things at the top of the list for the employees of Cooper Farms. One of the biggest diseases that they worry about is avian influenza, along with many other diseases. Read more 

13 APR

NCC commends USDA for extension of GIPSA interim final rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is extending the implementation date 180 days for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) interim final rule on competitive injury.  The interim final rule was scheduled to go into effect on April 22.  “With this extension notice, it is clear the administration has recognized this is a complicated and controversial issue with deep economic consequences for American poultry and livestock producers,” said National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown. Read more 

13 APR

More avian flu found in France as depopulation continues

Among European countries, France has been the worst hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the current season. Efforts to bring the disease under control appear to be bearing fruit, however, and following a period of depopulation of susceptible flocks in high-risk areas, the government has set a date to begin restocking poultry premises although the virus continues to be detected elsewhere in the country. New HPAI outbreaks caused by the H5N8 subtype of the virus in commercial poultry have been reported in the last week to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) by the respective national animal health agencies in Austria, Germany and Italy, and five countries have informed OIE that the virus has been detected in wild birds found dead.  Read more