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USMEF audio: Mixed results with EU gestation stall regulations

The use of gestation stalls in pork production has recently drawn increased attention in the United States. But it is an even hotter topic in the European Union, where new regulations limiting the use of gestation stalls are set to take effect at the beginning of next year. FULL STORY »

EU farmers lose out as consumers oppose GMOs

European farmers are likely to fall behind in the competitive world grain market as EU consumer hostility to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) drives away research and prevents cultivation of high-yield and pest-resistant crops. FULL STORY »

U.S./E.U. partnership to allow equal organic trade

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has announced that the United States and the European Union have agreed to recognize the two nations’ organic programs as equivalent and allow access to each other's markets. FULL STORY »

Groups support U.S.-EU trade agreement

This week a coalition of food and agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) expressed in a letter sent to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative its support for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. FULL STORY »

Resistance blame game – humans first?

Livestock have been repeatedly implicated as the source of antimicrobial resistance, but new research from Scotland shows that, at least in the case of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104, resistance profiles are often showing up in humans before animals. Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD, offers some information to put this new research in context. FULL STORY »

ASF triggers major hog culling in Russia

Russia has been dealing with African swine fever (ASF) in its swine herd since 2007 and the virus keeps marching across the country. Now, a southern Russian farm had to slaughter all 30,736 of its pigs because of ASF FULL STORY »

Scientists urge balance in antimicrobial resistance war

Antimicrobial resistance in humans is often attributed to veterinary use of antimicrobials, but the relative contribution to the problem from animals and humans is poorly understood at the population level, University of Glasgow researchers outline in a new report. FULL STORY »

Farmers may benefit when Russia joins WTO

The decision to allow Russia to become a member of the World Trade Organization can be a benefit to American agriculture, the National Corn Growers Association said. FULL STORY »

French court overturns GMO ban

France’s ban on growing a strain of genetically modified maize developed by Monsanto Company was overturned by France’s highest court last week. FULL STORY »

Scientists warn major investment in ag needed

In order to avoid widespread hunger in the next few years, scientists warn that billions of dollars are needed to invest in agriculture and food distribution systems.

In a report issued last week, the scientists said, “If that investment is directed toward sustainable forms of agriculture, then farming can also be made into a weapon in the fight against dangerous global warming … as more environmentally friendly farming methods can result in soils absorbing carbon dioxide rather than releasing it.” FULL STORY »

JSR Genetics expands into Germany

JSR Genetics has clinched a major franchise contract in the form of a new breeding company, JSR Hybrid Deutschland GmbH. FULL STORY »

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