John Maday

Map of meats

If your state had an official meat or meat dish, which would it be? Since you are reading this on Drovers/CattleNetwork, it’s probably safe to assume you would prefer it to be beef, but of course other meat products have their place in various states’ cultural and culinary traditions. FULL STORY »

Mixed start for 2014 ag trade

Monthly export totals for red meats and meat products dropped off somewhat in January, but overall U.S. trade in agricultural products started 2014 at a good pace, according to the latest trade data from USDA. FULL STORY »

AMI to dietary committee – stick to nutrition

Work is underway to develop a new set of U.S. Dietary Guidelines for 2015, and the American Meat Institute (AMI) has submitted comments asking the advisory committee to limit its recommendations to nutrition and health, and not delve into the issue of sustainability. In its recent request for public comments, the committee specifically asked for input on “food systems sustainability,” as well as on nutritional and health issues. FULL STORY »

Bigger predators, bigger dogs

They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog. But when it comes to protecting livestock from large predators, that might not be entirely true. FULL STORY »

APHIS moving toward next steps in traceability

With a letter to stakeholders this week, Kevin Shea, administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced new steps toward full implementation of the federal Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) system. FULL STORY »

Global diets becoming more standardized

As people around the world generally gain access to more food, their diets also are becoming more similar. And scientists express concern that a decline in dietary diversity could lead to increasing health problems. FULL STORY »

“Ag-gag” laws in the news

Several recent news items have brought new attention to farm-protection legislation known as “ag-gag” laws, adopted in several states to protect farmers and ranchers from clandestine activities of animal-rights activists. FULL STORY »

OIG audits security of USDA commodities data

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) needs to improve security measures relating to potentially sensitive commodity-market data prior to the release of agricultural reports. The recommendation comes from an audit by the USDA’s Office of Inspector General. FULL STORY »

FDA updates food-label regulations

The federal government this week launched its proposed changes to food labels, intended to more accurately reflect the nutritional value and calorie content of packaged foods. The proposed changes will be published in the Federal Register on March 3, then will be open for public comment for 90 days prior to final rulemaking and implementation. FULL STORY »

EPA lists cattle as primary methane source

A new draft report on greenhouse gas emissions lists “enteric fermentation,” primarily in cattle, as the leading cause of methane emissions. The report also, however, shows agriculture overall produces a small percentage of total greenhouse gas emissions and provides significant sequestration of carbon. FULL STORY »

Early bird registration for NIAA conference

Participants can save $25 on registration for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) annual conference by registering prior to Monday, March 3. The conference, titled “The Precautionary Principle: How Animal Agriculture Will Thrive?” will take place March 31- April 2, 2014 in Omaha, Neb., and will examine the policies and strategies that will dictate how innovative and competitive U.S. agriculture will be in the global marketplace today, tomorrow and beyond. FULL STORY »

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