New tech may reduce energy use in animal ag facilities

January 26, 2012
New tech may reduce energy use in animal ag facilities

RALEIGH, N.C. — Researchers from North Carolina State University and West Virginia University have developed a new technology that can reduce air pollutant emissions from some chicken and swine barns, and also reduce their energy use by recovering and possibly generating heat. Specifically, the research team designed, built, and evaluated a proof-of-concept unit that...

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FSIS to consolidate some of its offices

January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service will consolidate some of its district offices — a move that will reduce the number of offices from 15 to 10. The move is in conjunction with Secretary of Agriculture Tom  Vilsack’s announcement that some of the functions within USDA would be consolidated along with the...

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USDA proposes rule to update poultry slaughter inspection system

January 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — USDA has announced a long-awaited proposed rule that would modernize the poultry slaughter inspection system in the U.S. The proposed rule will lead to a revamped inspection system that allows federal inspectors in young chicken and turkey processing plants to shift to prevention-oriented inspection systems and allows USDA to redeploy its resources...

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Bill would increase feedstocks eligible within RFS

January 25, 2012
Bill would increase feedstocks eligible within RFS

 WASHINGTON — Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) has introduced the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act which would allow ethanol produced from alternative sources, such as domestic natural gas and coal, to be included under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and compete with corn-based ethanol.  “It’s long past time for Congress to address the failed RFS,” Olson...

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Workshop to provide certification training

January 25, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The first Poultry Handling & Transportation Quality Assurance (PHTQA) “Train the Trainer” workshop will be held March 15-16th, following the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St. Paul, Minn. The PHTQA program is a third party certification training for poultry transporters and catch crews. It was developed by a team of...

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Poultry industry concerned with EPA’s proposed CAFO rule

January 24, 2012

TUCKER, Ga. — The U.S. poultry industry voiced several concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule. The rule, proposed on Oct. 21, 2011, would require owners and operators of CAFOs to submit certain information to EPA. Specifically, EPA is requesting detailed...

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