Industry News

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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BPI lawsuit moves forward

Despite attempts by ABC to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Beef Products Incorporated (BPI), the lawsuit will move forward. A Union County, South Dakota, judge ruled to allow most of BOIs defamation case to proceed. According to, the judge did not rule on whether defamation occurred, but did state that on 22 of the 27 claims, the case could proceed. With that ruling, BPI will…

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