Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

Furlough of meat inspectors outlined

March 20, 2013
Furlough of meat inspectors outlined

WASHINGTON — To fulfill the requirements of the across-the-board budget cuts required by the sequester, USDA has said it will be required to begin furloughing  federal meat inspectors in July. Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen told the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on March 15sterday that inspectors will be furloughed in July on...

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Fresno State’s new Foster Farms education facility gets humane certification

March 20, 2013
Fresno State’s new Foster Farms education facility gets humane certification

LOS ANGELES — For the first time ever, an educational and research facility has been certified by the 136-year-old American Humane Association, the nation’s first national humanitarian organization. The new Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility (PERF) at Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology features a fully working, state-of-the-art poultry...

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PTA holdings acquiring Eggspress motor carrier

March 20, 2013

PHOENIX — PTA Holdings Inc. has completed due diligence for the purchase of Eggspress, an Iowa based motor carrier serving the egg and agricultural industry. Eggspress will strengthen the company’s service capability as it expands its footprint servicing the distribution of these products throughout the Midwest. Leonard J. Lewensohn, chief executive officer stated that “we...

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‘Threatened’ listing not needed for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

March 20, 2013
‘Threatened’ listing not needed for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

WASHINGTON — The Lesser Prairie-Chicken, a species of grouse found in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, should not be added to the “threatened” list under the Endangered Species Act, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the Fish and Wildlife Service. FWS can reasonably and responsibly withdraw its proposal to list the bird as...

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