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Major meat processors with operations in the Carolinas and Virginia hope for the best while preparing for the worst as Hurricane Florence continues traveling northwestward to the eastern United States.
An Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft reported maximum sustained winds decreased to 130 mph with higher gusts, however Florence remains a category 4 hurricane, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km),” NOAA said in a public advisory. “Florence is expected to begin re-strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall.” Read more
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions. USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA on September 4, 2018. USDA employed the same approach often used in adjudicating World Trade Organization trade dispute cases. Read more
SDA and the Food and Drug Administration in October will hold a joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry, the agencies said in a news release.
FDA came under fire in July for holding a day-long meeting on the ramifications of the rapidly advancing technology that did not include one USDA representative on any panel. The two agencies are perceived to be in a battle over which will have regulatory authority over the technology that has one foot in the laboratory and one in the barn. Read more
The Farm Bill conference committee met last week to continue negotiations between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The importance of funding the Animal Pest, Disease and Disaster Prevention and Response Program (APAD), NTF’s top priority in the bill, was mentioned at the very start of the meeting by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway. Negotiations remain in the works, and NTF continues to engage with members of the conference committee and congressional delegations from turkey producing states to garner additional support for APAD.
VIDEO: Tune in to the 34:45 mark to hear Chairman Conaway talk about why including a well-funded animal disease preparedness and response program in the final bill is so important.
NTF Members Taking Action: Iowa Turkey Federation’s Russ Yoder in The Gazette: Farm bill must help protect livestock and farm families
Here’s How You Can Help: NTF would like to place more op-eds in newspapers around the country. If you would like to publish a piece or if you can help us identify a grower to sign an op-ed, please contact Beth Breeding. We are happy to help with text, talking points and placement to continue to amplify grassroots voices.
GENERAL Mills spent five years and built a special eight-storey sorting facility to get rid of an ingredient that wasn’t in its cereal. The company also dispatched a team of engineers to retool machines to sort 450 million kg of oats a year.
“It was not easy,” said spokesman Mike Siemienas. “We knew if we wanted to take our Cheerios gluten-free, we needed to create our own system.”
The increasing demand for food “free from” certain items – including gluten, antibiotics, pesticides or genetic modification – is changing the way companies procure, process and package food. Sales of such foods are poised to grow 15 per cent, or US$1.4 billion, in the US between 2017 and 2022, according to Euromonitor data. The US is the largest global growth market for the free-from trend as consumers seek to curb certain ingredients or additives from their diets.
In response to an alarmist and misleading Consumer Reports investigation about drug residues in meat and poultry products, the National Chicken Council today released the following statement:
“The National Chicken Council (NCC) has full confidence in FSIS’s drug residue testing program for meat and poultry products, and so should consumers,” said NCC Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Ashley Peterson, Ph.D. “The main takeaway is what Consumer Reports states in their own words, ‘The concerns raised in this investigation does not mean you should give up or necessarily cut back on meat. The findings are too uncertain.’ Read more
The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) provided a status update Aug. 29 on the virulent Newcastle disease (VND) surveillance project in southern California, which is now in its fourth month.
CDFA said the disease has been detected at a total of 117 properties in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties in California. Read more