Ag Secretary:
Protect animal agriculture with climate-smart initiatives

Reducing the number of livestock is not a priority as the Biden administration seeks to cut methane emissions, says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


USDA hikes 2021
red meat and poultry
production estimates

The USDA has increased its meat production projections. Estimates: beef up 53M pounds, pork up 4M pounds, and chicken up 104M pounds.



Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table – A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets, which has almost tripled in the past two decades.

Beef Outlook: A record-high number of cattle are in feedlots as the national beef herd shrinks – 2021 marks the third consecutive year with a declining beef cow herd and a smaller calf crop. Yet cattle slaughter and beef production are both on pace to top 2018 levels. It is not sustainable for cattle slaughter to continue to defy a shrinking national herd in the long run.

First plant-based hard-boiled eggs – The word’s first plant-based hard-boiled eggs have been launched in Switzerland. “V Loved The Boiled” is made with soy protein. A pack of four of these alternative eggs costs $4.83.

Identifying fertile eggs through MRIs – The Orbem technology contains an MRI camera that can identify internal and external features of each egg without touching them at a 98% accuracy rate. The March 2022 prototype should scan 9,000 eggs per hour.

Biotech, gene editing will be key to addressing agriculture’s future challenges – In the coming decades, U.S. farmers and ranchers will be challenged to produce more output with fewer inputs, feeding a growing global population while dealing with a wide variety of weather and environmental risks. Unsurmountable or within our reach?

China’s meat imports drop to 20-month low – Customs data on Sunday revealed China’s meat imports fell from a year ago October to their lowest in 20 months, as cheap domestic pork cut demand for overseas supplies.

USDA awards $20.2 million in dairy innovation grants – USDA’s Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives awarded $18.4 million to three initiatives at University of Tennessee, Vermont Agency for Food and Marketing and University of Wisconsin, and $1.8 million to the California State University at Fresno.


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The Florida Aquaculture Review Council — Call for Statements of Interest

The Florida Aquaculture Review Council, an advisory council to the Commissioner of Agriculture, is pleased to announce a Call for Statements of Interest to perform applied aquaculture research and economic development projects during Florida Fiscal Year 2023-24. Applicants must submit their complete Statement of Interest to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Aquaculture no later than 5 p.m. EST on December 10, 2021.

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