Consumers would rather post their complaints on social media than have a face-to-face conversation with retailers or producers. This is the new normal for various generations. Read more
The US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 40 grants totaling more than $15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more
Veterinarians need to be more proactive and be the “voice of the birds” on issues related to health and well-being, according to Nancy Reimers, DVM, a poultry veterinarian in California and chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). Decisions about whether to treat isn’t a new ethical issue for veterinary medicine. The topic of treating with antibiotics, however, has come to the forefront due to changes in marketing and in regulatory requirements, she told Poultry Health Today. Read more
Today, 37 Senators led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) finalized a bi-partisan and nationwide letter to USDA supporting NTF and its members as we push to re-open the Chinese market to U.S. poultry exports. This letter is a product of NTF’s Turkey Trade Fly-In and the Leadership Conference, with great advocacy work by our industry in visits with your elected officials. We appreciate you all joining us in DC and for all of the hard work in making this letter as successful as possible. Please take a few minutes and review to see if your Senator signed the letter and be sure to thank them for their leadership. We feel confident that a strong letter like this will help move the process forward. Let’s hope for positive news in opening the Chinese market again soon. Read more
It was a busy day Friday for California’s governor, who signed two dozen bills into law. Among those Jerry Brown approved was a bill aimed at helping young victims of sexual abuse. SB 756 helps ensure these victims get access to mental health services via restitution. Read more
U.S. consumers report their chicken consumption remains high although 2017 levels have moderated and returned to those seen a couple of years ago, according to new research presented today at the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit.
Same story, different year: A shortage of effective, FDA-approved medications is still the top health issue for the US turkey industry, according to a survey conducted by a turkey veterinarian. “And it has remained No. 1 since the survey began 16 years ago,” said Steven Clark, DVM, Fairmont, Minn., and a veterinarian for Devenish Nutrition. Read more