13 JUL

US Labor Department’s OSHA proposes to delay compliance date for electronically submitting injury, illness reports

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.

The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and has determined that a further delay of the compliance date is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy.  The delay will also allow OSHA to provide employers the same four-month window for submitting data that the original rule would have provided.  Read more

13 JUL

Salmonella infection linked to residential chickens

In June the Merced County Department of Public Health issued a warning to residents of a salmonella infection linked to contact with live poultry. One case had been reported in Merced County. The resident infected was exposed to a salmonella strain from poultry in the home, according to officials at the health department. The patient was hospitalized and has since recovered. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reminds people of safety habits that can help to alleviate the transferring of germs connected to salmonella. Salmonella itself is the bacteria that can cause diseases in humans. It’s not the actual disease. Salmonellosis is what you get from ingesting salmonella. The symptoms associated with salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, fever and other unpleasant health issues. Backyard birding has been on the rise for a number of years.  Read more

13 JUL

Getting the hatchery ready for ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ production

Sanitation is the key to success when a hatchery completely removes antibiotics from its process, Josh Mulkey told Poultry Health Today. Mulkey is hatchery manager for Tyson at the Dahlonega, Georgia, facility. He started as manager just as the hatchery made the transition from using gentamicin with in ovo vaccination to antibiotic-free production. The process involved “ripping off the band-aid,” he said. Every step of the procedure was reevaluated, and nothing could be taken for granted.  Read more

13 JUL

Organic food sales jump 8.4 percent in 2016

The U.S. organic industry maintained steady growth in 2016, with food sales increasing 8.4 percent to $43 billion – breaking the $40 billion mark for the first time.

The sizable growth is even more impressive considering total food sales increased only 0.6 percent. Organic food now accounts for 5.3 percent of all food sales in the U.S., another significant first for the organic sector, according to the Organic Trade Association in its 2016 Organic Industry Survey, conducted by the Nutrition Business Journal this spring. Read more

13 JUL

USPOULTRY statement on EPA, U.S. Army move to rescind expansive WOTUS Rule

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced they are proposing to rescind the Clean Water Rule, a 2015 regulation that greatly expanded the established definition of “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated, “This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine ‘waters of the U.S.,’ and we are committed to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty, in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public.” The agencies noted the new proposed rule would be in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance and longstanding practice.  Read more

13 JUL

Ever wonder why eggs are shaped like eggs? Scientists say they’ve figured it out

If a Hollywood exec dreamed up an egg, it would look like a chicken’s: immensely popular, with an unblemished complexion. But the universe of wild bird eggs is far weirder and more diverse than the oval products on the supermarket shelf. Hummingbirds lay eggs shaped like Tic Tac mints- “perfect little ellipses,” per ornithologist and evolutionary biologist Mary Stoddard. Sandpiper eggs come to peaks, in the manner of teardrops. Owls plop out tight spheres not unlike ping-pong balls. A team of evolutionary biologists, physicists and applied mathematicians say they know why eggs come in so many different models. In a report published in the journal Science, the scientists linked egg shapes to birds’ flight behavior. Stronger fliers, such as swallows, had elongated or pointy eggs. Birds that couldn’t fly so far or fast had rounder, more symmetric ones.  Read more

13 JUL

California’s triple-digit heat slows milk production, threatens crops and livestock

A stifling June heatwave with triple-digit temperatures hit agriculture producers in California, lowering dairy cow milk production and wreaking havoc on crops like citrus and nuts.Dairy production can fall as much as 20 percent on days when the mercury hits the triple digits. There’s also been some reports of scorched grapes in some places as well as what’s known as regreening of Valencia oranges.

“As far as we can tell at this point, it hasn’t been a huge problem although there will be some impacts almost certainly,” said Dave Kranz, a spokesman for the California Farm Bureau Federation.  Read more