18 DEC

Antibiotics to be NPPC priority issue

When it comes to priority issues, Chris Wall, Assistant Vice President, Domestic Public Policy for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says behind getting the Farm Bill passed and energy policy, antibiotics will be a top priority issue in 2013.

"There’s going to be a vehicle moving through Congress this year that will allow our detractors a place to play mischief with antibiotic usage, so we’re going to have to do a lot of education, a lot of work on that front as well," Wall said.  Read More 

18 DEC

Farm Bureau welcomes agriculture committee appointments

The appointment of three additional Californians to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture will benefit the state’s farmers and ranchers, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. The committee announced that Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, would become new members, joining Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Costa, a senior member of the committee, serves as the ranking member on its Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. "It is very good news for California farmers and ranchers that we now have greater representation on the Agriculture Committee," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. "All four members understand the challenges California agriculture faces."  Read More

18 DEC

Rep. Bob Goodlatte says more corn goes to making ethanol than feeding livestock

With much of the nation experiencing drought, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte says the livestock industry needs relief from federal rules that siphon potential animal feed into ethanol production. Goodlatte, R-6th, was irked by by the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal last month to ease the Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates minimum levels of the nation’s fuel supply that must come from ethanol. The standard, he said, has shifted an increasing share of the corn crop into fuel production.
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18 DEC

Ammonia from poultry manure may be converted to animal feed

Researchers at Iowa State University are working on a way to limit ammonia accumulation in the air around poultry houses while using it to create a sustainable product. Ammonia released from poultry manure may accumulate in the atmosphere in the form of acid rain – causing algae outgrowth in ponds and lakes. Ammonia gas promotes the growth of vegetable matter due to its high concentration of nitrogen.  Read More      

11 DEC

Dr. Hugo Medina passes away

Dr. Hugo Medina passed away on Sunday 25th November from complications following throat cancer. Hugo obtained his veterinary qualification from the National University of Mexico and earned an MS degree from the University of Minnesota. He was a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Hugo was active in all aspects of poultry medicine serving on committees of the AAAP and the Board of the ACPV.  In his long career he worked with broilers and turkeys in California and during the past 10 years was a company veterinarian in the egg production industry. Hugo was always willing to help colleagues and share his experience through informal interaction with peers and at scientific meetings. He was intensely practical in his approach to prevention of disease based on his logical application of current science to the production environment. He was an active participant in programs promoting poultry health and productivity and was a frequent speaker on salmonellosis, welfare and contributed to the Secure Egg Supply Plan. His contributions to the egg industry and his warm personal qualities will be sadly missed.
A private family service was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Memorials preferred to: Iowa State University/Dr. Hugo Medina Scholarship Fund for Veterinary Medicine c/o Center Fresh Group, 241 Saint Andrews Way, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250.

11 DEC

Taiwan: Hundreds of chickens destroyed in response to avian influenza outbreak

Some 631 chickens were destroyed at one Taiwanese farm in an effort to prevent further spread of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI), according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) immediate notification report Dec. 7.

The outbreak occurred on a farm in Ma-Gong City in Peng-hu prefecture.

The owner of the farm called in Taiwanese veterinary experts to check on an unusually high number of bird deaths in November. The farm had more than 800 susceptible chickens, in which 200 had already died. The remaining 631 birds were culled as a precautionary measure. Read More

11 DEC

Will corn and soybean prices return to pre-drought levels?

March 2013 corn futures dropped below $5.50 in early May 2012 and were drifting lower when U.S. drought conditions turned prices higher starting in mid-June.  The price of that contract peaked in early August, just short of the $8.50 mark.  March 2013 soybean futures dropped below $11.50 in December 2011before South American drought conditions and then U.S. drought conditions sent that contract above $17.25 by mid-September 2012.  Corn prices have declined by more than $1.00 since the late summer peak, while soybean prices have declined by more than $3.00.  The general expectation has been that prices of both commodities would return to pre-drought levels as early as 2013 as consumption adjusted to the lower supplies and as production rebounded in both South America and the U.S.  Read More

11 DEC

USDA announces turkey products purchase

Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Edward Avalos has announced USDA’s intent to purchase up to $35 million of turkey products for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The turkey industry consists of vertically integrated companies that produce, process, and market turkeys and turkey products. Producers have been profitable with current whole turkey prices but may be close to break even or below in the fourth quarter if feed prices remain equal to current December futures prices. However, producers who primarily produce turkey parts and processed products find costs of production above selling price for their products.

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