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Monday, March 25,2013

Amendment written to save USDA meat inspector jobs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the plan is to redirect $55 million from other areas of the USDAs budget to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), essentially reinstating the funds cut under sequestration.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Company sets five-year deadline for GMO labeling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Whole Foods Market announced earlier this month that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Friday, March 15,2013

USDA's proposed COOL rule re-opens heated debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite hopes that there may be an end to an 11-year battle, the newly proposed Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) document has created a wave of new controversy. On March 8, USDA announced its proposed new rules for labeling muscle cuts of meat, including a requirement to specify where the source animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Milk production report suspended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The notice said that before USDA decided on the suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission- and userbased criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to conduct the surveys with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Immigration reform needs more than band-aid fix

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Immigration compacts are spreading across a number of states, and are gaining support by agriculture, business and faith entities. The groups are calling on Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration policies by creating a fair path to legal status for illegal immigrants.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Turning replacement heifers into lifelong early calvers through AI

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
J.R. Simplot began his cattle business over 40 years ago as a way to utilize large quantities of potato byproducts generated by Simplot’s food processing plants. The cattle business grew, and today, Simplot is involved in all aspects of beef production..

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Thursday, March 14,2013

Drought continues to prevail across Midwest

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The past week featured generally dry conditions across most of the western half of the contiguous 48 states with a deep trough over the eastern half.

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Friday, March 8,2013

Cow intestines and BSE in the spotlight again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the interim final rule entitled “Use of Materials Derived From Cattle in Human Food and Cosmetics” that was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2004.

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Friday, March 1,2013

New URMIS nomenclature unveiled at the 2013 Annual Meat Conference

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Think consumers know all they need to know about meat cuts? Think again. Extensive research conducted by the National Pork Board (NPB) and the Beef Checkoff Program indicates that today’s consumers are as confused as ever when it comes to purchasing fresh meat.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Criminal motive behind horse meat scandal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Agricultural ministers meeting in Brussels last week agreed that criminal activity stretching across the European continent is the underlying problem behind the horsemeat scandal. In response, they’ve called for still more DNA testing of the continent’s meat and meat products.

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