Industry News

COOL injunction denied

The American Meat Institute and various meat and livestock organizations were dealt a blow last Friday when a federal court rejected a legal challenge of the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling rule. The industry groups had appealed a lower court’s ruling, and requested a preliminary injunction to halt COOL rules while the lawsuit moved forward. Since Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals…

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Phage ‘cocktail’ wipes out 99 percent of E. coli in meat, spinach

By: Natalie van Hoose WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Treating food products with select bacteriophages – viruses that target and kill bacteria – could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a Purdue University study shows. An injection of bacteriophages – also known informally as "phages" – nearly eradicated a toxin-producing strain of E. coli in contaminated spinach and ground beef, in some cases decreasing E. coli concentrations…

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Beef prices will remain high until herd numbers increase

By: Ron Plain COLUMBIA, Mo.– Record cattle prices have caused a large uptick in beef prices at the grocery store. University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain says those prices are likely to continue.   Live-weight steers reached $130 per hundredweight for the first time last October. January brought $140 per hundredweight and in February prices cleared $150 for the first time. Those prices were…

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NDSU Offers Farm Bill Decision Aid

An education tool is available from the North Dakota State University Extension Service for evaluating certain options under the commodity title of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill). Producers may elect to enroll in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or the county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) shallow loss revenue program on a crop by crop basis within each Farm Service Agency farm number. "Producers…

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AgriLife Extension specialist: Producers should look at tax implications of drought

By: Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO – Drought plagued much of the state in 2013, causing property damage and additional livestock liquidations for many Texas agricultural producers. These losses and any unexpected revenue may have implications at tax time, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said much of the U.S. experienced abnormally dry conditions over the past…

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