USDA proposes expanded credit access for farmers

June 7, 2012
USDA proposes expanded credit access for farmers

 WASHINGTON — USDA is seeking comments on a new microloan program to help small and family operations in start-up years with resources, while building capacity, increasing equity and eventually graduating to commercial credit. The proposal would improve USDA’s Operating Loan Program with a microloan program. Under the proposal, producers who need a loan for...

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USDA announces improvements to Market Access Program

June 6, 2012
USDA announces improvements to Market Access Program

WASHINGTON — As part of a continuing effort to build a U.S. department of agriculture that meets the evolving needs of a 21st-century agricultural economy, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has announced changes to the regulations governing the Market Access Program (MAP) that will clarify and streamline program requirements in areas ranging from application procedures...

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Alltech unveils new Lyons Farm brand

June 6, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company, has officially launched a new Lyons Farm brand that will offer natural, high quality foods, beginning with beef and poultry. The new brand, named for Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, was introduced during the company’s 28th Annual International Symposium. “Lyons...

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Congressmen want Mexican antidumping charges resolved

June 5, 2012
Congressmen want Mexican antidumping charges resolved

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 49 congressmen sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on June 1, expressing their strong concern about the antidumping duties Mexico has preliminarily assigned to U.S. chicken leg quarters, ranging from 64 percent to 129 percent. Although these duties have not yet been applied in final...

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New CEO named for Mountaire Farms

June 5, 2012

SELBYVILLE, Md. — Paul Downes has been named president and CEO of Mountaire Farms Inc., Chairman Ronald M. Cameron has announced. Downes succeeds Dave Pogge, who remains a member of the Mountaiare Corp. board of directors. Downes has worked for Mountaire Farms for more than 34 years, most recently as COO and previously as...

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NCC questions skin disorder study conclusions

June 4, 2012
NCC questions skin disorder study conclusions

WASHINGTON — The National Chicken Council has questioned the “broad conclusions” of a study that suggests poultry processing is an occupation that predisposes employees to a rare dermatological condition known as pachydermodactyly. Pachydermodactyly is a rare, benign, acquired form of digital fibromatosis. In a recently published study, researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine,...

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