Marlys Miller

Senators ask EPA to waive the RFS

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of 25 senators joined 156 House lawmakers in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that mandates specific levels of corn-ethanol to be blended into gasoline. FULL STORY »

HSUS ads spotlight gestation-sow stalls

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has initiated a web-based ad campaign this week that targets U.S. pork producers using gestation-sow stalls. The ad zeroes in on a recent comment that a National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) spokesperson made regarding gestation-stall housing, as reported by the National Journal. FULL STORY »

H3N2 raises watchful eye, not red flags

With many county and state fairs underway, human and animal health officials are closely monitoring the prospects of H3N2 influenza virus exposure between swine and humans. As of the Aug. 3, 29 people had been identified with the virus since July 2011. Twenty-three individuals reported contact with swine prior to the onset of illness, 19 cases were associated with fairs. FULL STORY »

California egg farmers file suit against Prop 2

California egg producers, through the Association of California Egg Farmers (ACEF), are filing a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges the legal validity of Proposition 2. Prop 2 is a state law that regulates egg-laying hen housing standards and requires producers from other states to meet the same standards in order to sell eggs in California. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Opening a window to your world

The drought has made it tough to find a bright spot in agriculture this summer. But find one I did, this week as I traveled to see the beginnings of Legacy Farms and the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure Center. FULL STORY »

Legacy Farms breaks ground on pig production adventure

A bold new direction for the pork industry occurred this week as Legacy Farms officially broke ground on its pork production facilities that will be open to public viewing. The production facilities will be owned and run by Belstra Milling and will be incorporated into the present Fair Oaks Farms dairy operation and education center located in northern Indiana. FULL STORY »

Senate committee considers egg bill debate

Late last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee listened to testimony regarding the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012” (S. 3239), aka: the Egg Bill. It is the proposal drafted by the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), to set federal housing and labeling standards for egg-laying hens. It’s always fodder for lively discussion. FULL STORY »

Pork Profit Tracker: Producer margins slip further

Record-high feed prices are weighing further on pork producers’ margins, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. While farrow-to-finish producers are still making a profit, it deteriorated another $5.74 per head from the previous week. FULL STORY »

Sysco joins the no-gestation-stalls list

Joining the ranks of food companies that want pork suppliers to stop using gestation-sow stalls is Sysco, headquartered in Houston, Texas. With a 17.5 percent market share, Sysco is North America’s largest foodservice distributor. FULL STORY »

Senate committee approves PNTR with Russia

The Senate Finance Committee has unanimously approved chairman Max Baucus’, D-Mont., legislation establishing permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia and Moldova. The legislation supports and creates thousands of U.S. jobs and is expected to double U.S. exports to Russia within five years, according to Baucus’ office. FULL STORY »

Farm bill not on House schedule

The general consensus is that the 2012 Farm Bill will not be completed to step in for the current bill that expires on Sept. 30. However, a bipartisan group of representatives are trying to ignite momentum in the House. FULL STORY »

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