Census of AG: Fewer, Bigger Farms

April 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the 2017 Census of Agriculture, providing a wealth of new data on production agriculture in the United States.  Since the last census in 2012, both the number of farms …

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Newcastle on the Decline

April 18, 2019

Cases of reported virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) have been declining since USDA announced the availability of $45 million to combat the spread of the disease.  On April 1, the first Arizona case was confirmed in …

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Dietary Guidelines Committee Holds First Session

April 4, 2019

The scientists who will develop the next round of official dietary guidance held their first meeting last week amid promises by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance transparency and scientific rigor in writing the …

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USDA Seeking Comments on Grading Fees

April 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on proposed amendments to regulations covering voluntary grading and certification for meats, prepared meats, meat products, shell eggs, poultry products and rabbit …

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Trump Administration Releases President’s 2020 Budget

March 21, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration released the details of the President’s 2020 Budget.  The budget reiterates the Administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the Nation’s debt by proposing over $2.7 trillion in spending reductions. The 2020 …

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