Livestock

Mislabeled imitation dairy foods being examined at federal level

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently told a Senate panel that federal standards define milk as a product sourced from animals, and said his agency would be “taking a very close and fresh look” at imitation, plant-derived foods labeled with dairy-specific terms. In response to questions from Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) during a Senate [...]

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FSA makes administrative change to the Livestock Indemnity Program

Now agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program. In the event of [...]

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Mexico and EU negotiating deals on geographical indications

Mexico appears poised to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names such as “parmesan,” “munster” and “feta” for products sold in Mexico, a development that runs counter to existing trade agreements with the United States, according to preliminary reports on the European Union (EU)-Mexico free trade agreement. Full details of the agreement [...]

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Dairy prices reflect production increases

The April Dairy Market Report is now available. The U.S. average all-milk price lost a total of $2.80 per cwt. in three roughly equal drops from November 2017 through this past February. Total U.S. milk production was up by 1.6%  from a year earlier during the three months of December 2017 through February 2018, while [...]

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Ohio Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) frequently asked questions

Q: What is BQA? A: Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. Q: I’ve never been BQA Certified, why do it now? [...]

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Low milk prices sending some dairy farmers out of business

Nervous about the dramatic drop in milk prices, Ohio’s dairy farmers are leaving the business at a higher than usual rate. Every year, some farmers retire and give up their dairy licenses, but there’s been an uptick recently. In March 2018, there were 2,253 licensed dairy farms in Ohio — a drop of 59 farms [...]

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Breeding for faster-growing bluegills and yellow perch

Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied. Female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills. This might make one wonder, unless, of course, your profession is selective breeding of fish, and your goal is to get them to grow faster. Hanping [...]

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Pork-A-Palooza May 19

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Ohio Pork Council will be hosting the Pork-a-Palooza, featuring: bacon, BBQ and beer at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The event will be held from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., and will feature pork products and sides from local food trucks and restaurants.   Pork producers and consumers are invited to [...]

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Farmers provide pork for 100,000 meals for Ohioans

Ohio pork farmers, through the Ohio Pork Council’s (OPC) Pork Power program, have partnered with generous supporters, including the Ohio Corn & Wheat, to provide the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank and Central College Presbyterian Church Food Pantry with a combined 20,300 pounds of lean ground pork. The protein-packed donation will provide roughly 100,00 meals [...]

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Argentine market now open to U.S. pork

The United States and Argentina last week finalized an export certificate that allows the U.S. pork industry to ship product to the South American country. “Argentina has tremendous potential for U.S. pork exports,” said Jim Heimerl, National Pork Producers Council President and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “This is great news for America’s pork [...]

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