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USDA revises Angus certification requirements

By Tom Johnston on 5/24/2017 USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (A...

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Beef Resource Guide

As we all know there are a myriad of rules out there; local, state, and federal.  I think I heard somewhere that every American breaks multiple laws each day because they are simply not aware of them!  Several groups in IL - IL Beef Association, IL Farm Bureau, IL Milk Producers Assoc, and IL Pork Producers - came together to sponsor the Beef Resource Guide for cattlemen.  The purpose...

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COOL for Each State?!

This is an interesting twist on the COOL situation.  As most people know COOL was deemed "illegal" (for the lack of a better term at the moment) by the World Trade Organization.  I read these on the MeatingPlace website. State to consider country-of-origin labeling 2/1/2017 A group of South Dakota state congressmen has...

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FSIS reviews its humane handling enforcement policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intent to hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and other persons not employed by an official establishment responsible if they commit acts involving inhumane handling of livestock in connection with slaughter when on the premises of an official establishment. The agency intend...

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HSUS targets beef checkoff; NCBA vows to take stand

I read this article on the Beef website , but only provided part of it.   According to a recent...

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FDA to target some therapeutic, in-feed antimicrobials

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Sept. 12 that it is entering the next phase of its efforts to mitigate antimicrobial resistance by focusing for the first time on medically important antimicrobials (i.e., those important for treating human disease) used in animal feed or water that have at least one therapeutic indication without a defined duration of use. As the a...

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APHIS amends labeling requirements

Requirements are designed to be simpler for end user to understand. Published on: Sep 9, 2016   USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations for veterinary biologics labeling and packaging to make the requirements more consistent with current science and veterinary practice. These changes are necessary to update and clarify...

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FDA posts answers on new livestock antibiotics policies

I was reading this article this morning and thought that you should be aware of it.  Happy reading! By Lisa M. Keefe on 3/15/2016...

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Expect water works case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court

Sometimes I read numerous articles and ignore them, but there are those few that make me pause and wonder what if... The following article was on the AGProfessional website.  I thought it is important for many people to know about this case.  Just like WOTUS, this can have a major impact on farming as we know it - rather you can be the judge of it! About 100 million acre...

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USDA proposes modifications to ADT rules

Last week, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a series of amendments to its Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) regulations. Specifically, the proposal would modify how the agency approves livestock marketing facilities that receive animals in interstate commerce, and provide clarifications on how livestock can move to these facilities without official id...

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USDA Eases Into Enforcement Of Animal Disease Traceability Rule

While the long and often controversial effort to develop a national animal identification (ID) system may not be completely finalized yet, complying with animal ID and movement regulations is now the law of the land. And it has been for a while. U.S. cattle producers and their veterinarians have been working under USDA's...

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