John Maday

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 »

Food prices rose more slowly in 2013

The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food shows food-price inflation slowed during 2013, including prices for meat, poultry and dairy. The CPI for all food increased by 1.4 percent during 2013, compared with 2.6 during 2012. The rate of increase during 2013 fell well below the 20-year historical average of 2.8 percent. FULL STORY »

Intensive livestock production could reduce GHG emissions

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides more evidence that livestock-production systems that incorporate higher-quality concentrated feeds, such as grains, could provide the most efficient means toward desirable climate and food-availability outcomes. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducted the study. FULL STORY »

USDA predicts record ag exports for 2014

In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases. FULL STORY »

Unique cattle antibodies offer clues to human immune systems

The unusual structure of certain antibodies found in cattle could add to understanding of the diversity of antibodies and their specific functions in the immune systems of human and cattle. FULL STORY »

Brazil faces challenges, but remains an ag powerhouse

Brazil in recent years has become a leading exporter of beef and other agricultural commodities, and the trend is likely to continue this year. According to a new report from Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group, Brazil likely will have a record production year for several key crops during 2014. FULL STORY »

USDA: Beef production drops, herd growth will be slow

Although the U.S. beef-cow inventory appears to have reached a bottom, growth in cow numbers will start out slowly, and it likely will take several years for the turnaround to become evident in larger beef production. FULL STORY »

Genes could hold key to TB resistance in cattle

Researchers at University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have identified genes in cattle that could allow genetic selection for resistance to bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Their paper, titled “Genome-wide association study identifies novel loci associated with resistance to bovine tuberculosis,” is published in the journal Heredity. FULL STORY »

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U.S. consumer demand for ground beef continues to grow, and an industry focused on producing high-quality steaks might need to adjust, according to a new study from Rabo Agrifinance. FULL STORY »

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