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05 March 2021
Weekly beef and dairy digest: US meat industry moves to vaccinate workers against COVID-19
The US is considering updates to its abattoir infrastructure, and global food prices increase for the ninth consecutive month. ...
US takes action to address food insecurity amid the COVID-19 crisis
The Biden-Harris administration is taking action to increase support for families struggling to put food on the table....
04 March 2021
As US meatpackers announce vaccine plans, workers groups highlight slow progress
COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of US meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers....
03 March 2021
How to identify and control poison hemlock
Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) was originally brought to the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental garden plant (another good idea gone awry) and is now found throughout North America. ...
02 March 2021
Tyson offers vaccinations to thousands of meat plant workers in Iowa
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest US meat processor, is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to thousands of its frontline workers at its Iowa meat processing plants this week....
01 March 2021
Spanish government orders cattle on pariah ship to be culled
More than 850 cows that have spent months on a ship in the Mediterranean are no longer fit for transport and should be killed, Spain's Agriculure Ministry said on 27 February....
26 February 2021
UK farmers should test before treating calves with wormer this spring
Experts from the Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) group are urging dairy and suckler beef producers with autumn-born calves, to think carefully about their worm control programme this spring....
Spanish cattle ship returns to port after spending months at sea
A shipload of Spanish cattle that had been drifting for months due to concerns over the bovine bluetongue disease docked in Spain on Thursday, the government said, but the fate of the animals remains unclear....
25 February 2021
Iowa lawmakers urge USDA Secretary to expand COVID-19 relief programs for family cattle feeders
Senator Joni Ernst and members of the Iowa Delegation are urging Secretary Vilsack to expand coronavirus aid programs for Iowa's family cattle feeders. ...
24 February 2021
US Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as USDA secretary
The US Senate voted to confirm Tom Vilsack as head of the Department of Agriculture on 23 February, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama....
22 February 2021
US administration stresses that risk of transmitting COVID-19 through food packaging is still negligible
Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD say that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging transmitting SARS-CoV-2 bacteria. ...
20 February 2021
USDA updates its COVID-19 strategy
The USDA has deployed 127 disaster, public health specialists to assist with federal COVID-19 response. ...
18 February 2021
Biden Administration extends foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance
The USDA has extended the evictions and foreclosure moratorium to 30 June 2021 and issues additional guidance for servicing loans impacted by COVID-19, bringing relief to rural residents....
Rapid TB test wins top UK innovation award
Actiphage, a rapid, accurate test for tuberculosis that detects the presence of the live mycobacteria in a sample of blood or milk, has been awarded the Innovation Award 2021 by the British Veterinary Association (BVA)....
17 February 2021
US tracking transboundary and emerging diseases
Transboundary and emerging diseases are constant threats to the livestock industry. Even as biosafety measures have evolved, there is always the lingering threat of highly contagious or newly discovered diseases impacting animal health....
15 February 2021
UK NFU joins government's bovine TB partnership
The National Farmers Union has joined the UK government's consultation to improve its bovine TB strategy. ...
14 February 2021
US NFU hails additional support for food and ag in COVID-19-relief bill
In a step towards passing a $1.9 trillion relief package, the House Agriculture Committee voted 25-23 in favour of the bill’s food and nutrition title, potentially giving $16.1 billion in relief to farmers....
11 February 2021
Tyson Foods to face investor pressure over lobbying, human rights at shareholder meeting
Tyson Foods Inc faces pressure from nuns, the Teamsters union and asset managers to disclose more about its lobbying and human-rights policies, after meatpacking workers were ravaged by COVID-19 last year....
08 February 2021
COWS warns cattle farmers to not let liver fluke catch them out
The Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) group has issued guidance for cattle farmers on how they can keep liver fluke at bay. ...
05 February 2021
Changes to cleaning practices could improve calve health on GB dairy farms, according to new research
A new study looking at colostrum hygiene on British dairy farms has shown that by making a few simple changes to cleaning protocols, farmers could significantly minimise the risk of disease in calves....
03 February 2021
Lawsuit alleges that Tyson Foods misled shareholders about COVID-19 safety measures
US meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc was sued on 2 February for allegedly defrauding shareholders with misleading disclosures about its ability to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in its facilities....
Essential agriculture workers in California to get COVID-19 vaccine on farms
Deemed an essential workforce during the pandemic, California's mostly Latino farmworkers are also underrepresented in the state's vaccination program, health officials and activists say, prompting the delivery of shots in the fields....
President Biden halts residential evictions for USDA multifamily housing communities
The Biden administration has put a moratorium on residential evictions in USDA multifamily housing, following CDC guidance....
02 February 2021
US Congress to investigate COVID-19 worker safety at meat processing firms
A US congressional panel is investigating three large meatpacking companies for possible worker-safety violations after reports that hundreds of industry workers have died of the novel coronavirus....
01 February 2021
Brazil’s beef lobby calls for abattoir workers to be prioritised for COVID-19 jab
Brazilian beef lobby Abrafrigo is requesting that slaughterhouse workers be included in vaccine priority lists....
30 January 2021
US industry groups call for urgent action on livestock antibiotic overuse
A coalition of animal health groups is urging the new US administration to address the growing threat of AMR and curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming. ...
29 January 2021
EU greenlights more state aid for virus-hit firms and agriculture
The European Union has decided to extend its looser competition rules and provide more state aid for firms adversely affected by COVID-19....
28 January 2021
UK NFU and BVA respond to government's future bovine TB eradication strategy
Defra has announced a consultation on future TB eradication strategy, which proposes to no longer license badger culls post-2022; NFU and BVA both call for new proposals to be evidence-based. ...
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