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  • Cal-Maine: Undercover video showed ‘isolated incident’ | Watt Ag Net

    Cal-Maine Foods has taken corrective action and has been cooperating with the investigations of state and county officials after the company was targeted by an animal rights activist in a video depicting mistreatment of hens at its egg production facility in Lake Wales, Florida. The video, which Cal-Maine said shows an “isolated incident,” has surfaced on the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) website.According to a statement from Cal-Maine Foods, the world’s largest egg producer, each employee involved in the care and handling of hens is required to review, sign and comply with the company’s code of conduct regarding the ethical treatment of hens, which also requires employees to report any possible violations.However, the person who filmed the video, which Cal-Maine referred to as a “former employee acting as an undercover activist,” made the choice to “disregard required farm procedures as part of his intent to misrepresent our efforts to provide proper care for our hens.”“The employee’s job included identifying and addressing the type of issues shown on the video, and he failed to meet his job requirements,” the company said in a statement.

    Post date: Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:26
  • Canadian beef checkoff assessment to more than double | Meatingplace (free registration required)

    Canadian cattle producers will pay more than double their current national beef checkoff assessment by the end of 2018. The new figure will be C$2.50 per animal sold, up from the C$1.00 in place since 2002, to fund research and marketing of beef.The increase in assessment was part of a national beef strategy industry leaders issued in 2014 to help boost Canadian beef sales globally.

    Post date: Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:12
  • Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data | Reuters

    President Donald Trump’s effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.  The effort has had little impact on domestic demand for coal so far, with U.S. utilities still shutting coal-fired power plants and shifting to cheaper natural gas - moving toward a lower carbon future despite the direction the White House is plotting under Trump. Unreleased full-year coal employment data from the Mining Health and Safety Administration shows total U.S. coal mining jobs grew by 771 to 54,819 during Trump’s first year in office, led by Central Appalachian states like West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania - where coal companies have opened a handful of new mining areas for shipment overseas.

    Post date: Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:09
  • Agriculture Enters Age Of Civil Suits | Ag Web

    Welcome to farming’s litigious age. When physical injury occurs in agriculture, the loss often leads directly to a courtroom. While producer eyes are quick to focus on the fine print and penalties of OSHA regulations, sledgehammer civil suits approach from the blind side, capable of swallowing an operation whole. Mirroring the U.S. mainstream, agriculture has entered an era of litigation and legal wrangling. Lawsuits against farmers once were a rarity. Yet, today’s producer is often popularly perceived as a wealthy, land-rich businessman with substantial assets. As civil cases stack up in farm country, the plain truth is difficult to ignore: The factors surrounding liability can preserve a given operation or shred a legacy to the deepest roots.

    Post date: Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:08
  • Livestock air emissions deadline looms | Indiana Farm Bureau

    A spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the U.S. Coastguard national response center could crash when the livestock industry files air emissions reports later this month. Chief environmental counsel Scott Yager tells Brownfield more than 200,000 livestock producers will have 24-hours to call the Coastguard on January 22, to meet a new air emissions requirement. He says in mid-November, some farms decided to report early and caused substantial delays to actual emergencies.“They went from 150 calls a day to over a 1,000 calls a day, and that was just based on those additional farm reports.  It resulted in wait times of over two hours to phone calls that required an immediate emergency response.”

    Post date: Sat, 01/20/2018 - 18:07

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Farmland Taxes Under Discussion in the Midwest Again

23 January, 2017

Senator Jean Leising knows it’s going to be another tough year for beef and hog producers, and 2016’s record national yields for corn and soybeans indicate that farm profitability will decline for the third straight year.  She is convinced that “the drop in net farm income again this year makes the changes Indiana made to the farmland taxation calculation in 2016 even more important.”  

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Are corporations taking over America’s food supply?

15 March, 2016

Family farms.  The foundation of America’s food security.  According to the USDA, 97 percent of farms are family farms, and they grow 90 percent of the food produced. But national policies to keep food affordable (American’s spend less than 7 percent of their paycheck for food) and the boom and bust cycles of farming have resulted in larger, more concentrated farming practices. 

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