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QSA: Options Available To Approve Cattle Suppliers Under A EV Program for Japan

From Cattlenetwork.com

QSA: Options Available To Approve Cattle Suppliers Under A EV Program for Japan

Companies have multiple options, depending on their business practices. The following are a few options.

A packer may develop a program in which the packer:
–Evaluates all suppliers to ensure that cattle meet the specified product requirements
–Evaluates a feed yard and the feed yard evaluates its suppliers of cattle
–Allows veterinarian to conduct evaluations on suppliers of cattle
–Evaluates a calf yard and the calf yard evaluates its suppliers of calves
–Evaluates an auction market and the auction market evaluates its suppliers of cattle

An auction market may develop a program in which the auction market:
–Evaluates its suppliers of cattle
–Allows a veterinarian to conduct evaluations on suppliers of cattle;

A feed yard may develop a program in which the feed yard:
–Evaluates its suppliers of cattle
–Allows buyer to conduct evaluations on suppliers of cattle
–Allows veterinarians to conduct evaluations on suppliers of cattle

Regardless of how the EV Program for Japan is developed, the company with the approved Program must ensure that all requirements of the EV Program for Japan are met throughout the entire process. AMS ensures that USDA approved sources meet Program requirements.

Questions regarding QSA Programs can be addressed to Dusty Markham at 816-858-4796 or by email at dmarkham@imiglobal.com.

Links to other Sources of Information about QSA programs

USDA Export Verification Program for Japan (Beef) – Questions & Answers

Cattle Producers Need a Quality System Assessment for Japan

Approved USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA) Programs

Farmers unable to keep up with organic demands

By Anne Fitzgerald
Des Moines Register

Panora, Iowa – The organics industry needs more farmers like Earl and Jeff Hafner.
Father and son, the Hafners are in the process of converting their Guthrie County, Iowa, crop land and pasture ground to organic production. They also have converted their 200-head beef cow-calf herd to organic grass-fed production.

Exploding consumer demand for organic food is outstripping supplies of organic grain, dairy products and other commodities. Growing demand, along with environmental concerns, also are driving producers like the Hafners to go organic.

Annual retail sales of organic food products now total about $13 billion in the United States, said Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association in Greenfield, Mass. Organic fruits and vegetables are the biggest-selling products, she said, but organic meat, dairy and poultry products are among the fastest-growing in popularity.

Since the mid-1990s, when major retailers began to sell organic fluid milk, demand for it has skyrocketed.

“Now, it’s available everywhere,” DiMatteo said.
But the U.S. organics industry is struggling to keep pace with demand, said DiMatteo. Too few acres of cropland are devoted to organic production. Too little livestock is being raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. And too few farmers are willing or able to farm without the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals.

In Iowa, organically certified acreage has grown to encompass an estimated 100,000 acres, and there are now more than 400 organic producers, said Maury Wills, who oversees organic certification at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in Des Moines.
But that is not enough, he and others said. Demand is soaring not only at the consumer level, but also among organic food and livestock feed manufacturers – a sector that now numbers more than 60 in Iowa.

Organic cattle producers, for instance, sometimes are hard-pressed to find enough organically grown grain to feed their livestock.

“We have huge demand for organic food products … but what we don’t have is enough organic producers,” Wills said. “It’s just a need and a cry for, hey, we need more organic acreage.” It takes three years of chemical-free crop production for farm ground to be certified for organic production.