July 15, 2021


Traceability is a topic at the forefront of discussion in the industry as of late, as consumers push for greater transparency in where their food comes from, in addition to the benefits in tracing, controlling and stopping spread of disease. Join us on July 29 for a discussion with Portia Stewart from Farm Journal. Member registration is complementary when accessed through the membership portal. Non-members may attend for $25 and may register here. Please contact with any questions.
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FDA to require veterinary oversight by mid-2023

Recently approved guidance would require veterinary oversight for animal antibiotics important to human medicine.


Tyson invests in AI-powered processing robotics

Tyson Ventures participated in a $10 million funding round for robotics to automate  poultry processing.



How Biden’s antitrust executive order impacts agriculture – President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order July 9 on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” aimed at reducing consolidation and increasing competition across U.S. business sectors, including agriculture.

USDA to provide producer aid for lost livestock during processing plant closures – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer federal assistance to Iowa farmers and other U.S. producers who had to depopulate hogs, turkeys and chickens during last year’s COVID-19-related supply-chain disruptions.

Biosecurity resources available for small-scale livestock producers – Producers who want to develop or improve a biosecurity plan now can access videos, tip sheets, checklists and other resources developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.

Bovine tuberculosis detected in Molokai cow – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture announced a cow in a herd on Molokai was infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The last time bTB was detected was in 1997.

West Virginia announces pilot beef cattle project – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced a pilot project to help increase value of West Virginia cattle by improving cattle vigor prior to entering production channels.

Quarterly update: Pig markets have reasons to be cautious – Pig market expert Dr. John Strak analyzes the last quarter in the pig markets around the globe and looks ahead to the months to come.

Smithfield president, CEO steps down, successor named – Smithfield Foods Inc. has appointed Shane Smith, a two-decade veteran of the company and, most recently, its chief strategy officer, as president and CEO, effective immediately.


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