Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

FDA Draft: GM Animals Under the Microscope

FDA Draft: GM Animals Under the Microscope


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released a guidance document which is intended to clarify the FDA’s regulatory authority in the field of genetically modified animals, as well as the requirements and recommendations for producers of GE animals.

The comment period for the draft guidance, titled “The Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals Containing Heritable rDNA Constructs,” runs for 60 days and closes Nov. 18, 2008. The 25-page document is available online at http://www.fda.gov/cvm/GEAnimals.htm.

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Country-of-origin labeling requires farmers, producers to document food source

Country-of-origin labeling requires farmers, producers to document food source

Mike Surbrugg

Joplin Globe

A new page in food labeling begins Oct. 1 when retailers will be required to notify customers of the country of origin for a wide range of products, including fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts and meat. The requirement dates to the 2002 Farm Bill.

Labels must show country or countries of origin for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, goat, wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish, perishable fruit and vegetables, peanuts, pecans, ginseng and macadamia nuts.

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David Burton: Corn stover not being used to its full advantage

David Burton:  Corn stover not being used to its full advantage

Leftover grain, husks good for grazing.

Springfield News Leader

The last two years have seen an increase in the number of acres in southwest Missouri planted to corn. A portion of the corn will be harvested as silage. However, estimates indicate 70 percent will be harvested as grain.

This latter acreage has the potential to provide several thousand acres of economical grazing for beef producers.

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As ethanol plants emerge, distillers grains make sense in feed programs

As ethanol plants emerge, distillers grains make sense in feed programs


Tri State Neighbor

For Martin Schaff and other cattlemen living within a couple hundred miles of an ethanol plant, distillers grains are an option for their livestock feeding programs.

“I’ll use the dry distillers grain for increased protein,” said Schaff, who ranches near St. Anthony, N.D. He said the wet version “takes too much management” for his operation.

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Coastal Cattlemen Picking Up The Pieces

Coastal Cattlemen Picking Up The Pieces

Burt Rutherford

BEEF Magazine

With cattlemen in Southeast Texas and Louisiana still reeling, and assessing the damage, from Hurricane Ike’s landfall last weekend, BEEF magazine is amassing the latest coverage and info on recovery efforts at beefmagazine.com/natural-disaster/ike/.

According to Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, the most affected areas in Texas around Anahuac and Beaumont saw storm surges from 8-18 ft. “We don’t really have good numbers on actual death losses, but they appear to be substantial,” he says. Surviving cattle he saw were doing relatively well, considering what they had been through, he said.

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MTSU: Students contribute to agricultural research

MTSU:  Students contribute to agricultural research

Emma Egli


Patrick Keyser discusses the benefits of producing wrapped haylage and how it is healthier for cattle to consume.

Patrick Keyser discusses the benefits of producing wrapped haylage and how it is healthier for cattle to consume.

MTSU’S new 435 acre farm, formerly Guy James Farm, held a field day to showcase current student research being orchestrated in its facilities.

The event, which was open to the campus community as well as the general public, focused on hay-wrapping techniques currently being researched by MTSU students.

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Single meat label, multiple countries

Single meat label, multiple countries



Would you buy a New York strip steak labeled as a product of the U.S. and Canada and Mexico?

After years of wrangling to get country-of-origin labels on meat and other agricultural products, several U.S. farm groups now worry that U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations will sabotage their efforts.

In the works for more than six years, the labeling requirement takes effect Sept. 30. The farm groups had hoped that it would steer consumers toward purchasing meat from animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.

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