USDA forecasts smaller corn crop, more soybeans

April 9, 2014
USDA forecasts smaller corn crop, more soybeans

WASHINGTON — A USDA crop report indicates that America’s farmers are preparing to plant 91.7 million acres of corn, 4 percent less than a year ago and the lowest amount planted to corn since 2010, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The forecast gives us an indication of what farmers intend to plant...

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Handheld inspection tool will increase food safety for soldiers

April 9, 2014

NATICK, Mass. — Military food inspectors may one day hold the key to avoiding foodborne illness in the palms of their hands. The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is working to develop a small, sensitive, hand-held device that will both capture and detect dangerous pathogens that can cause food-related illness....

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25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

April 8, 2014
25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food & Drug Administration has announced. Citing a potential threat to public health, the agency in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human...

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AMI board votes to proceed with NAMA merger

April 8, 2014
AMI board votes to proceed with NAMA merger

WASHINGTON — The American Meat Institute board of directors has voted to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA). The vote is the second of three steps necessary to complete a merger that would occur Jan. 1, 2015, if approved. The Institute’s General Members will vote later on whether to...

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Alliance to discuss sustainability at summit

April 8, 2014
Alliance to discuss sustainability at summit

ARLINGTON, Va. — Panelists from Elanco Animal Health, the World Wildlife Fund, Cobb-Vantress and Alltech will seek to define sustainability as it relates to agriculture on a panel at the upcoming Stakeholders Summit, the Animal Agriculture Alliance has announced. Jason Clay (World Wildlife Fund), Aidan Connoly (Alltech), Claudia Garcia (Elanco) and Mitch Abrahamsen (Cobb-Vantress) will...

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Vilsack: Farm bill expands lending opportunities

April 7, 2014
Vilsack: Farm bill expands lending opportunities

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. “Our nation’s farmers and ranchers are the engine of the rural economy. These improvements to our Farm Loan Programs will help a new generation begin farming and grow existing farm operations,” said Secretary Vilsack....

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