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CAGE-FREE EGGS

Costco says that it has already made major strides toward a cage-free egg supply: In 2006, only 2% of the eggs it sold were cage-free, now 26% are. Meanwhile, Subway announced this week it’s started its 10-year transition to cage-free eggs.

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ECO-UNFRIENDLY DIETS

Vegetarian and “healthy” diets could be more harmful to the environment. A Carnegie Mellon study finds eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.

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U.S. MOBILIZES TO THWART BIRD FLU

U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is… read more

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ANTIBIOTIC BAN

California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth. The law also eliminates the availability of livestock antibiotics for over-the-counter sales.

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VET DEGREES

Chances are good, the next veterinarian you visit will be female. In 2012-13, 77% of veterinary degrees were earned by females – the highest percentage among professional degrees.

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DATA LAWSUIT

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal rights groups that could have made it easier for those groups to get information on livestock operations and their owners. AFBF’s Danielle Quist says the court made the right decision.

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ANIMAL WELFARE

A group of evangelical Christian leaders has launched an effort to educate people in the pews on a biblical imperative to take care of animals, including in agriculture. The initiative grew out of a meeting of faith leaders organized by the Humane Society of the United States in 2011.

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IL DEPT. OF AG EXPANDS JUNIOR LIVESTOCK PROGRAM

Exhibitors from ages 8 to 21 will be able to exhibit at the 2016 Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair, thanks to a change in age eligibility rules by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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CLOSING THE PITS

The closure of the grain/livestock pits next month is fast approaching. Crain’s Chicago Business has put together a multi-media article from numerous floor traders on the history of futures trading in Chicago.

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HOUSE OK’s

The U.S. House passed a pair of bills aimed at avoiding future disruptions of export grain inspections and livestock market reports.    

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