13 JUL

Washington Week Ahead: House GOP eyes ag cuts in crafting budget deal

House Republicans look to roll out a fiscal 2018 budget blueprint this week that could cut farm bill spending to help offset the cost of increased defense spending or tax cuts. Even as the nation was focused on the Senate’s health care debate, House negotiations continued into the weekend on the budget resolution, which is expected to include at least $150 billion in cuts to mandatory spending programs, a category that includes farm programs and food stamps as well as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Some conservatives have been pushing for a bigger cut than that. The budget resolution will pave the way for Republicans to approve major tax reform legislation using a process known as budget reconciliation that would allow the measure to pass the Senate with only GOP votes. Reconciliation measures require only a simple majority, not the normal 60 votes, to pass the Senate.
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13 JUL

President Trump announces new Cuba policy; chicken exports not expected to be impacted

President Trump announced last Friday at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood his new Cuba policy.  “The previous administration’s easing of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people,” Trump said.  “They only enrich the Cuban Regime.” The partial reversal of former President Obama’s Cuba policy to normalize relations between the two nations must still be spelled out in regulations by the Treasury and Commerce Departments. Trump’s directive orders Treasury and Commerce to start writing the new regulations within 30 days.

Officials in the Trump administration say that if the Cuban Government releases political prisoners, grants Cubans more political and religious liberties, and allows more money to go to the private sector, the United States could reconsider its current actions.  Read more

13 JUL

Lapses is biosecurity: veterinarian urges poultry companies to avoid these mistakes

Biosecurity needs to be approached as a comprehensive process, not as a series of segregated actions, according to Jean Sander, DVM, senior technical services veterinarian for Zoetis. For example, people about to enter a poultry house will put on their boots, coveralls, hair nets, but then remember they need a piece of equipment that’s in another house. They quickly retrieve it and bring it into another building without cleaning it first. That’s a breach of biosecurity, Sander told Poultry Health Today. The intent is to try and do the right thing, but too often biosecurity isn’t viewed holistically, continued the veterinarian, who primarily works with layer producers. Read more

24 JUN

Veterinarians seek leadership role in inspection system overhaul

Federal veterinarians say the “single most important” improvement to the nation’s meat and poultry inspection system will be to restore their expertise in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) used the occasion of the release of a recent report urging Congress to update the federal meat and poultry inspection system to make their point. Read more

24 JUN

2017 Foster Farms Bowl will kick off on December 27 at Levi’s Stadium

In partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and FOX Sports, Foster Farms has announced that the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 27th at Levi’s Stadium with a 5:30 p.m. PT kickoff. The 16th annual Bay Area bowl game, which features a matchup between top teams from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, will once again be televised on FOX broadcast network, while being simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Read more

24 JUN

The bizarre reason why chicken is about to get a lot more expensive

In what could be the most relatable news of 2017, chickens are getting too lazy to mate and we are going to have to pay more because of it.
Consumerist reports that a chicken shortage might be around the corner, as the world’s insatiable appetite for the bird has forced breeders to produce meat faster. In the past, larger roosters were made to mate with large hens so that their chicks would yield meat faster. That natural selection has gotten so out of hand that now chickens are too top heavy to even be interested in reproducing.
Now The Wall Street Journal estimates that the the U.S. needs about 750 million birds every month to sustain the constant demand. Analysts at WSJ found that a measly 1 percent decrease in viable chick births leads to a loss of $120 million across the industry. Read more

19 JUN

Secretary Perdue adds three more to USDA leadership team

Three more individuals will join Secretary Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) leadership team as Acting Deputy Under Secretaries.  In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a realignment of several mission areas.  The reorganization also included a reconstituted mission area reporting to a newly-named Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation.  The U.S. Forest Service, given its size and importance, will be the only agency to report to the Under Secretary for National Resources and Environment. Read more 

19 JUN

California Growin’

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is far more than just an administrator. Ross grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she and her husband still own an 800-acre farm and ranch. We sat down with her to talk about the challenges and opportunities currently facing the Golden State’s agricultural industry. Read more 

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