Archive for October 2019

USDA Highlights Customer Service Successes and IT Modernization at Impact Expo

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(Washington, D.C., October 31, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture held the first ever Impact Expo with employees to celebrate the impact of its customer-focused IT modernization efforts. This event underlined the connection between modernization, customer experience, and USDA’s overall impact. The Expo featured projects from across the Centers of Excellence, Office of…

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7 Ways To Ready Your Truck Or Car For Winter

As you contemplate another season of Old Man Winter, now is a good time to make sure your truck or car is at its road-worthy-best for the months ahead. Here are seven tips to help you accomplish that. Consider the battery. If yours is several years old, now’s the time to replace it. Don’t wait…

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Secretary Perdue Announces Lease for ERS and NIFA in Kansas City, MO

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(Washington, D.C., October 31, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed a lease for permanent office space at 805 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri to serve as the new home for USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “We’re…

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USCA; NCBA Release Statements about South Dakota Labeling Legislation

This week South Dakota Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced a bill to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to modify requirements that meat is labeled “Product of U.S.A.” In a statement about the bill, Senator Rounds stated that consumers deserved to know where their food is coming from, and that a…

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Fast-Food Antibiotic Scorecard Released by Consumer Groups

Twenty-one fast-food chains were ranked by cattle antibiotic use. While Chipotle and Panera were in the A range, fifteen chains received F’s. The fifth-annual “Chain Reactions” scorecard is published by consumer groups including Consumer Reports, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC), according to a press release from the…

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Keep Parasite Programs Sustainable

In treating internal parasites in cattle, efficacy less than 100% eventually leads to at least some drug resistance. But while even the best treatments are unlikely to achieve 100% efficacy, strategies such as combined treatments, refugia and objective monitoring for efficacy can improve the sustainability of currently available anthelmintics. That message came through in several…

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COOL Resolution Introduced By Senator Tester

A resolution supporting the reestablishment of a country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program was introduced Thursday by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). The resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for COOL, which was repealed in 2015. The United States Cattlemen’s Association supports Tester’s resolution. “The U.S. produces the highest quality, safest, and most eco-conscious beef in…

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Farm Bankruptcy Filings Are 24% Over Year-Ago Levels

Farm income will total $88 billion in 2019, according to the USDA. If achieved, it will be the highest dollar amount reached in farm country in the past five years. But that number belies the toll the poor economy, depressed prices and ongoing trade disruptions continue to take on growers and livestock producers across the…

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USDA, EPA, and FDA Announce Partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance

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WASHINGTON, October 30, 2019 — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, the latest effort in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative launched by the three federal agencies in 2018.…

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Texas A&M, West Texas A&M Collaborate on  Animal Health Issues

A significant portion of the nation’s food animal industry will receive cutting-edge research support that will help producers grow and prosper in a time of increasing global demand and pressing sustainability issues thanks to an innovative partnership between Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and West Texas A&M University. While…

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