AMS asks for comments on organic rule, study

May 7, 2020

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on an economic analysis report related to a final rule on organic livestock and poultry practices. The Obama-era rule was subsequently withdrawn by the Trump administration, and …

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

April 23, 2020

Secretary Perdue announced a new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support farmers and ranchers through the coronavirus pandemic. The $19 billion package including direct payments to agricultural producers for actual losses across a broad …

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USDA confirms HPAI in South Carolina

April 23, 2020

On April 9, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County, SC. This is the first confirmed …

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Regulators modify inspections

March 26, 2020

In light of the need for protective measures against COVID-19, regulatory agencies have adjusted their inspection practices. The Food and Drug Administration has “temporarily postponed all domestic routine surveillance facility inspections. These are facility inspections …

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Hendricks promoted to national shell egg supervisor

February 20, 2020

Jeff Hendricks has been selected as the National Shell Egg Supervisor for USDA Agriculture Marketing Services Livestock and Poultry program (AMS L&P).  In this role, Hendricks will lead all policy/regulatory development activities for grading, certification, …

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