Livestock

USDA seeks public comment on new Environmental Quality Incentives Program rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule outlining proposed improvements to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The 60-day comment period for the rule begins on Friday, Dec. 12, pending publication in the Federal Register and regulations.gov. Submit public comments through regulations.gov or by mailing them [...]

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Livestock may need extra feed to keep warm in colder weather

While the weather outside isn’t frightful, yet livestock producers still need to be thinking now about how they’ll keep their animals warm when the temperatures drop, wind chills rise and it starts to snow, snow, snow. Colder winter weather means producers need to be aware of increased livestock energy requirements to ensure their animals are [...]

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PEDv still threatening pork production

Pork is in shorter supply and more expensive this year due to a disease that has slashed the number of hogs slaughtered by about 5% and reduced the availability of one of the most popular holiday pork products: the 7-pound, spiral-cut half-ham. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was first found in the U.S. in [...]

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COOL compliance continues to generate controversy

The COOL Reform Coalition applauds Congress for including in the FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill a directive for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to report recommendations no later than May 1, 2015 to Congress that will assure U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products comply with U.S. [...]

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Milk prices and export demand

Milk prices, the global export demand and the 2014 farm bill’s new Margin Protection Program will be the topics to watch in the dairy industry next year, according to a dairy markets and policy specialist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. U.S. milk production and dairy exports have increased significantly [...]

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Karen Locke (right) of Coshocton County is the 2014 Master Shepherd of the Year.

Family first, farm second the key for Locke’s success

Busy, but never too busy. That is how many people in the sheep industry in Coshocton County and throughout Ohio would describe this year’s Charles Boyles Master Shepherd of the Year, Karen Locke. Locke’s century old sheep operation is set in Coshocton County’s rolling hills and is now being worked by the fifth generation of [...]

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TPP market access gains for U.S. dairy must be a priority

The U.S. dairy industry advised top U.S. government agricultural trade negotiators that their efforts on any final Pacific Rim free trade agreement must put access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors first, and avoid pressure from other countries to regionalize all new market access opportunities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The National [...]

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Politics surround veto of gestation stall ban in New Jersey

In a mix of pre-presidential politics, animal rights agendas and celebrity star power, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of pig gestation stalls in New Jersey. Christie called the measure, which passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature, misguided and partisan and catering to special [...]

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MPP signup extended to Dec. 19

Dairy farmers who thought they had until today, now have until Dec. 19 to sign up for the now twice extended Margin Protection Program (MPP). The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels [...]

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USDA announces new support to help schools purchase more food from local farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. The program helps schools purchase more food from local [...]

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