Daily Archives: June 29, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM: FOOD DESERTS

Baxter Black, DVM:  FOOD DESERTS

Many of us in the food producing business are watching with a suspicious eye, Mrs. Obama’s pending federally funded efforts to combat obesity in children.

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Steve Cornett:  Competition Rule Casualties

Steve Cornett:  Competition Rule Casualties

Beef Today

If you didn’t believe that the Obama administration meant to declare war on conventional agriculture, you should have been sitting in on the press conference when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Dudley Butler, head of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), announced their proposed new rules governing producer-processor relations.

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How to Add Gates, Corrals for a Fraction of the Cost

How to Add Gates, Corrals for a Fraction of the Cost

By Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer/DTN

When John Brewer sees metal objects headed to the scrap pile, light bulbs go off in his brain like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Immediately, the cattleman from Oxford, N.C., visualizes new corrals, smooth-working handling facilities and strong pasture gates. When sunlight glitters on discarded steel, his welding arm starts twitching.

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Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Antimicrobials are critical tools in promoting both animal and human health. Because animals, humans and the potential microbes that are associated with disease and those that do not cause disease are all biological organisms, dynamic processes for survival of each occur continuously

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Meat Industry Insists Everything is A-OK With Antibiotic Use, Despite Everyone Else’s Conclusion That It Isn’t

Meat Industry Insists Everything is A-OK With Antibiotic Use, Despite Everyone Else’s Conclusion That It Isn’t

Melanie Warner

Bnet

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The FDA’s guidelines on antibiotic use in meat production formalize what many government officials, scientists, doctors and even consumers have known for years — that antibiotic use in agriculture has gotten out of hand and should be curtailed.

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Animal Agriculture Under Siege – How To Be A Force For Truth

Animal Agriculture Under Siege – How To Be A Force For Truth

Bovine Veterinarian

According to polls, approximately 83% of Americans approve of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), a speaker reported at the recent American Agri-Women (AAW) Symposium held in Washington, D.C. and titled “Animal Agriculture under Siege –How to be a Force for Truth.” The symposium , sponsored by the Past Presidents Council, was part of AAW’s annual Fly-In.

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FDA Takes on Antibiotics Used in Animals for Food

FDA Takes on Antibiotics Used in Animals for Food

First Coast News

The Food and Drug Administration issued a document Monday stating that antibiotics important for human health shouldn’t be used to help animals grow faster.

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