HSUS targets Seaboard, Prestage and Wal-Mart

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released an undercover video taken at two swine systems near Goodwell, Okla.-- Seaboard Foods’ and Prestage Farms’ breeding and gestation facilities. HSUS also filed complaints with the U.S. Securities and Exchange and Federal Trade Commission involving statements on Seaboard’s website. FULL STORY »

Federal laying-hen housing bill ruffles feathers

On Monday, federal legislation called “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012” (H.R. 3798), was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. But not everyone supports the move. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) criticized congressional legislation, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent.” FULL STORY »

U.S. Supreme Court overturns ‘downer’ slaughter law

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled against a California law that bans the slaughter of all non-ambulatory animals. The case was known as National Meat Association v. Harris, and included all non-ambulatory livestock— but specifically addressed fatigued hogs. FULL STORY »

Iowa Pork Congress offers a range of seminars

At this year’s Iowa Pork Congress, set for Jan. 25-26, attendees will be able to select from a wide-range of educational and instructional opportunities. Along with seminars, training and certification sessions have been scheduled during the two-day show. FULL STORY »

Pork and auto issues muddy the TPP waters

Attention surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is heating up. Last week, Detroit's Big Three automakers came out in opposition to allowing Japan to enter the TPP trade talks, meanwhile, the U.S. pork industry is very interested in bringing Japan into the mix. FULL STORY »

Nonambulatory livestock slaughter bill resurfaces

For yet the fifth time, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), has introduced legislation to ban all nonambulatory livestock from entering the food system and require that they be euthanized. FULL STORY »

Cephalosporin restrictions get mixed reviews

A flurry of activity related to antimicrobial use in animal agriculture took place in the New Year, starting with U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement to limit extra-label use of certain cephalosporin products in cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys. It’s getting some mixed, but generally positive reviews. FULL STORY »

WTO extends deadline on COOL ruling

The World Trade Organization is giving the United States, Canada and Mexico two more months to decide whether to appeal its November ruling that U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling laws unfairly hurt agricultural commerce. FULL STORY »

Rural transport issues hot in the spotlight

Improving farm-related safety is getting a lot of attention these days. There’s the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent proposal addressing child labor laws on farms. Recently, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to improve safety on rural roads. FULL STORY »

House Subcommittee investigates TPP trade prospects

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Asia-Pacific trade agreement was the topic of a recent hearing by a House subcommittee, and is expected to generate more attention in 2012. FULL STORY »

Clarifying the GIPSA rule implementation

It’s been one week since USDA filed the final version of the GIPSA rule and there remains some confusion regarding what lies ahead. With the rule being published in the Dec. 5 Federal Register it will go into effect 60 days later. FULL STORY »

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