John Maday

Consumers report reductions in red-meat purchases

U.S. consumers say they ate less red meat during 2013 compared with the previous year, according to a survey from market-research company Mintel. Price appears to be a major factor, although health concerns also play a role. FULL STORY »

Study indicates better convergence in grain markets

During the years from 200 through 2011, grain traders noticed wider-than-usual discrepancies between futures and cash prices for wheat, corn and soybeans. This “non-convergence” created concerns over the viability of those futures contracts as price-discovery and risk-management tools. FULL STORY »

USDA raises estimate of corn use, lowers price forecast

The USDA boosted its estimate for domestic corn use 2013-2014 corn use by 100 million bushels in this month’s Feed Outlook report, based on projected increases in ethanol production and grain exports for the new crop. FULL STORY »

Progress in FMD research

Since 1954, scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have conducted research at plum Island, New York to prevent and control foreign animal diseases that threaten U.S. livestock production and food security. A new article from ARS outlines progress, particularly in defending against foot and mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Common-sense antibiotic use

Antibiotics play an important role in both human and animal health. Striking a balance between the two is critical to the success of both branches of medicine. FULL STORY »

USDA seeks input on agricultural coexistence

As we all know too well, recent dialog on food and agricultural production too often has centered on conflict between differing philosophies, production systems and marketing messages. USDA now is joining the list of groups trying to find ways to tone down the rhetoric and for different agricultural systems to coexist. FULL STORY »

Animal-handling compliance guide open for comments

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new “Compliance Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Humane Handling of Livestock” for use in slaughter facilities. The guide intends to promote a systematic approach to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements for humane handling and slaughter of livestock. FULL STORY »

FDA proposes new rules for animal food and feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a proposed rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act intending to improve safety of livestock feeds and pet foods. FULL STORY »

Dueling reports

The debate over modern food production is not going to end anytime soon, but agricultural organizations have become more proactive in telling their side of the story. This week, in anticipation of release of a report from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future, the Animal Agriculture Alliance released its own report on Monday, followed by a news conference with an expert panel on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

AVMA, European veterinary group, issue joint statement

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) this week issued a joint statement, entitled “The Essential Role of Veterinarians in Protecting Animal, Human, Public, and Environmental Health—A Global Public Good.” The statement emphasizes the important role veterinarians play in the protection human and public health by controlling animal disease. FULL STORY »

House leaders name farm bill conferees

We appear to be inching closer to a full vote on the farm bill as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday named conferees for a farm bill conference with the Senate. FULL STORY »

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