Livestock

CERCLA notification requirement delayed

The EPA announced that farms with continuous hazardous substance releases as defined by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) do not have to submit their initial continuous release notification until the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the Court’s opinion from April 11, 2017. While it appears the reports will [...]

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The debate over organic livestock standards continues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently released notice that they are delaying, for the third time, implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. During the course of reviewing the OLPP Rule, in addition to a question about the scope of the statutory authority, a material error in the [...]

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Mandatory CERCLA air emissions reporting begins Nov. 15

As a result of an earlier federal court decision, EPA issued a notice directing all livestock farms emitting more than 100 pounds of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide in a 24-hour period to report continuous air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The reporting deadline is currently Nov. 15, 2017. If [...]

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Delay sought for reporting farm air emissions

With a Nov. 15 deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association today filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on their farms. In April, a federal court, ruling on a lawsuit [...]

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Definitive WTO win on Indonesia’s beef import

Last week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with Indonesia over its complex and opaque import requirements for beef and beef products. The WTO report found that all 18 of Indonesia’s import measures challenged by the United States were inconsistent with WTO rules and obligations. The [...]

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program set to begin 19th year

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; Kalmbach Feeds — Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc. and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes [...]

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Ohio pork events

All members of the Ohio Pork Council are hereby notified that the 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Dec. 12 at All Occasions Catering in Waldo, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Serving as featured speakers for the evening will be John Foltz, Chair, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The [...]

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U.S. pork exports steady in September while beef continues to trend higher

September pork export volume was steady with both the August and year-ago levels, while beef exports edged higher in volume and jumped substantially in value, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports totaled 183,481 metric tons (mt) in September, nearly identical to both the September [...]

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Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented. “We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can [...]

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