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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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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 UPDATE

The presence of salmonella resistant to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is continuing to decrease since its peak in 2009, according to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports released today.

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CHINA’S REACH

Little known globally but pervasive in China, Cofco is bulking up to become the Chinese answer to U.S. grain and meat giant Cargill Inc. Cofco—the officially adopted abbreviation of China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp.—now owns food-producing assets on five continents, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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LOWER PORK PRICES

Consumers can expect to pay less for bacon this year with pork prices forecast to be down 23 cents per pound, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. As a result, however, pork producers are expected to see less profit per head.

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Meat Donation Drive Raises $1,141

McLean County Farm Bureau helped raise $1,141 to purchase meat for Midwest Food Bank with a donation drive at Cub Foods March 16-22. The drive generated $641 in donations from community members and McLean County Farm Bureau contributed a $500 match. Midwest Food Bank supplies food to 70 agencies in McLean County, but currently has… read more

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MEAT LABELING

A lawyer specializing in international trade law says any further U.S. action seeking to bring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat into compliance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) would simply postpone an already likely outcome – such labeling is considered protectionism.

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MORE PORK, LESS BEEF

Pork production is poised to surpass beef production next year as ranchers try to rebuild their herds from the lowest levels since the 1960s. Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, says that this would be the first time since the 1950s pork production topped beef production in the U.S.

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MEAT LABELS

According to a Washington Post blog, grocery store chain Giant recently tried labeling some raw meat cuts simply “USDA Graded” instead of indicating the grade quality (Prime/Choice/Select). Giant’s corporate parent, Ahold USA, was ordered to stop the practice by USDA.  

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