Scharff’s new analysis, “Economic Burden from Health Losses Due to Foodborne Illness in the United States,” offers two economic cost estimates. Scharff arrived at the $77.7 billion figure by including values for medical costs, productivity losses, mortality and pain and suffering.
Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, a Purdue farm safety specialist advises.
U.S. beef exports in 2011 posted a 21 percent yearover-year increase. Beef exports for 2012 are forecast at 2.76 billion pounds, fractionally below 2011 levels. U.S. beef imports were 10 percent lower than yearearlier levels; the U.S. remained a net exporter. Beef imports for 2012 are forecast at 2.
This new white paper, titled “Does your vaccination protocol compromise newborn health?” was launched as part of a continued effort to answer questions related to calf health and immunity and to educate the dairy industry about immune function in calves.
Ethanol and farm groups praised an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision Feb. 17 to approve a higher level blend of ethanol known as E15, but the Environmental Working Group announced a campaign to discourage consumers from using it, and an Agriculture Department economist said he did not think it will win acceptance soon.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) hosted cattle industry leaders Feb. 28-29 for its annual County Leadership Conference. Attendees learned about the day-to-day operations of MCA, Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
Fostering baby calves within a single herd is the best option because bringing new calves in from an outside herd carries the risk of introducing disease, said South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly during a recent iGrow Radio Network interview.
“The advancement of technology to support the development of crop varieties is essential to the health and prosperity of the state, nation and the world,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “This multi-year agreement is fundamental to that goal.
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.