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PRODUCE SALES

In 2012, 34% of all U.S. produce farms—those producing vegetables, fruit, or nuts—sold food through local food marketing channels, whereas only 3% of field/other crop farms and 8% of livestock/livestock product farms did so.

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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WALMART RULES

Walmart has announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to change the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.

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FAIR BANS

Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu this summer.

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COOL REPEAL

The House Agriculture Committee will vote Wednesday on repeal of the U.S. law that requires cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb to carry labels that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Chairman Michael Conaway, committed to repeal, called the meeting in the wake of a World Trade Organization ruling that the… read more

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WEEK AHEAD

Trade issues will dominate the attention of farm-state lawmakers as the World Trade Organization has ruled against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law. The Canadian ag minister has reportedly already asked the WTO to allow it to use retaliatory measures. Also, the Senate resumes debate on its fast-track trade bill.

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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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USB REPORT

Cattle production in Illinois is down at least 25% and pork production has generally shifted to the Midwest from the periphery of the country, particularly from coastal states because of lower feed costs, according to a new United Soybean Board report on livestock feeding trends since 2000.  

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TYSON UPDATE

Tyson Foods announced today it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. Tyson Foods is also forming working groups with independent farmers and others in the company’s beef, pork and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of… read more

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MEAT PRICES

The rapid rise in beef prices and significant decline in pork prices since the beginning of 2015 has widened the spread between the two competing meats to $190/cwt. USDA’s ERS analysts say at current prices, consumers are likely to favor more pork in their diet and less beef.

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