27 NOV

2011 Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture

The national report for the 2011 Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture, conducted by Agralytica Consulting, can be found by clicking here. The report was funded by the United Soybean Board’s Domestic Marketing Committee and provides an updated and complete state-by-state database on animal agriculture economics and the implications for soybean meal demand at the state and national levels. 

27 NOV

2012 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference

2012 National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference
California team wins Avian Bowl

The 2012 National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference was held 4H November 14-15 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. This annual conference allows 4-Hers from all over the country to compete in educational events that help them learn to make and defend decisions, speak publicly, and gain poultry-related skills. This conference includes five separate competitive events including the Avian Bowl contest, which was won by the team from California. Each team member was awarded a plaque, gold pin, and $100. Read More

27 NOV

Bob Goodlatte: Fixing a badly broken ethanol policy

Common sense would tell you that if something is broken, it should be fixed. However, once again common sense has not prevailed within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Just a few days ago, the EPA denied a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for this year. The EPA’s decision to deny much-needed relief to American livestock producers, food producers, and consumers was extremely disappointing. With a steep decline in corn production this year and a sharp increase in corn prices, the economic harm of the RFS is undeniable. Read More

27 NOV

US drought worsens after weeks of improvement

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain. While more than half of the continental U.S. has been in a drought since summer, rain storms had appeared to be easing the situation week by week since late September. But that promising run ended with Wednesday’s weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report, which showed increases in the portion of the country in drought and the severity of it.  

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27 NOV

Estate tax exemption extension urged

The National Cotton Council joined 34 other agricultural organizations on letters to Congress urging senators and representatives to act immediately and permanently renew the current estate tax provision, until such time as full repeal is possible – a move that will give farmers and ranchers the certainty they need to conduct business. The current estate tax relief is set to expire at the end of 2012. Read More

21 NOV

California egg farmers file suit against the state of California

California egg farmers file suit against the state of California challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 2

California’s egg farmers filed suit Friday in Fresno County Superior Court seeking a determination that Proposition 2 – a law regulating egg-laying hen enclosures – is unconstitutionally vague.  The law’s lack of clarity in size and density requirements prevents egg farmers from modifying their housing facilities in time to comply with the January 1, 2015, implementation date. "California’s egg farmers have spent the last four years attempting to gain a clear understanding of how to comply with Proposition 2 but, unfortunately, we are no closer today to knowing how to comply than we were when the law first passed in 2008," said Arnie Riebli, president of the Association of California Egg Farmers (ACEF).  He added, "Given the ambiguity in Proposition 2 and the risk of criminal prosecution for violating it, egg farmers have no choice other than to challenge the validity of the law." Read More

21 NOV

US poultry industry commends House on bipartisan passage of Russia trade bill

The House of Representatives today passed the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012, which repeals outdated legislation that is a roadblock to the United States taking full advantage of Russia’s ascension to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The vote of 365 to 43 would establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia if a similar bill is passed by the Senate and signed by the president.

The National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF), U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) commend the House for their quick action in passing this legislation, and encourage the Senate to act similarly.  Read More

21 NOV

EPA keeps renewable fuels levels in place after considering state requests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the agency has not found evidence to support a finding of severe "economic harm" that would warrant granting a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The decision is based on economic analyses and modeling done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)."We recognize that this year’s drought has created hardship in some sectors of the economy, particularly for livestock producers," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "But our extensive analysis makes clear that Congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met and that waiving the RFS will have little, if any, impact."  Read More

21 NOV

Livestock, poultry, dairy producers say RFS is ‘broken’

A coalition of livestock, poultry and dairy organizations today expressed extreme disappointment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial in the wake of the worst drought in more than half a century of requests that it waive a federal law that requires corn to be turned into ethanol for gasoline.

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requires 13.8 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasoline in 2013, an amount that will use about 4.5 billion bushels of the nation’s corn crop, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"We are extremely frustrated and discouraged that EPA chose to ignore the clear economic argument from tens of thousands of family farmers and livestock and poultry producers that the food-to-fuel policy is causing and will cause severe harm to regions in which those farmers and producers operate," the coalition said.

In fact, dozens of poultry, pork, beef and dairy operations have filed for bankruptcy, been sold or simply gone out of business over the past several months because of rising feed grain prices.  Read More

16 NOV

Vote for Tim Nilsen of Nilsen Farms in the USFRA “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search

Tim Nilsen of Nilsen Farms is a contract turkey grower in California. The ranch was established in 1983 by Tim’s father Norm and has been continually evolving over the years to become one of the most state-of-the-art poultry facilities in the U.S. Tim is one of nine finalists in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance search for new "Faces of Farming and Ranching. Earlier this summer, USFRA put out a call for standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement with others and are actively involved today in telling those stories to enter the search for the "Faces of Farming and Ranching". Farmers and ranchers from different commodity groups, farming practices, sizes and geographies applied – and among all of the quality entrants received, they are down to nine finalists. 

Click here to cast your vote for Tim.