Supreme Court urged to reverse animal confinement law

The law established minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens.


Prepare to pay 17% more for 4th of July holiday cookouts 

The cost of a typical holiday cookout menu jumped 17% higher than last year, according to a new survey from American Farm Bureau.



Prussic acid toxicity explained as recent drought ramps up risk – If livestock eat Johnsongrass with a fatal amount of prussic acid toxicity, their blood becomes filled with oxygen that cannot be absorbed by cells. Toxicity levels are highest after drought and frost.

Dairy industry divides over pricing policy ahead of farm bill – After years of trial and error, lawmakers have finally arrived at a subsidy program that milk producers can live with, but the dairy industry is heading toward the next farm bill sharply divided over possible reforms to the federal pricing system for milk.

Industry leaders interview: what realistic change would you most like to see in food sustainability in the next 5 years? – The expansion of anaerobic digesters, more mandatory composting and further plant-based protein adoption are on the horizon, the experts say. Hear from leaders at JBS, Smithfield Foods, PepsiCo and more.

How satellite-guided cows might save the Kansas prairie and make ranchers more money – New GPS collars intend to make traditional fences not quite obsolete, but less important. About the size of an iPhone and twice as thick, the collars offer a high-tech take on the kind of familiar invisible fences that homeowners install for dogs.

Feeding insects to cattle could make meat and milk production more sustainable – Producers are growing insects for animal feed because of their nutritional profile and ability to grow quickly. Data also suggests that feeding insects to livestock has a smaller environmental footprint than conventional feed crops such as soybean meal.

SCOTUS isn’t reviewing the “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner,” Checkoff Program – The U.S. Supreme Court does not see any reason to review the Beef Check-off. It’s a victory for USDA and the nation’s largest beef organization.

Can automated feeders help mitigate reproductive issues? – Reducing piglet mortality is one of the “low hanging fruits” in swine production, says Dalton Obermier, PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s optimistic technology will help the industry get there.

OPPORTUNITIES in Animal Agriculture

44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy

Applications are now open. The next academy begins in September 2022 and continues through August 2023. The program consists of seven courses with nearly 30 learning hours per course. Classes are taught online with pre-recorded lectures.


Government and Industry Affairs Administrator

Livestock Marketing Association has an open Government and Industry Affairs Administrator position. The successful applicant will be a key member of the Government and Industry Affairs. Position is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

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