FARGO, N.D. — The top lobbyist for the National Turkey Federation thinks national standards for egg-laying cages won’t make it into a multi-year farm bill, and similar efforts may be “running out of steam.”
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department on Nov. 3 sent a modified version of its proposed changes to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review, and on Nov. 4 Food & Water Watch, a consumer group, and the National Farmers Union sent out conflicting reactions to USDA’s approach.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Several of Nebraska's most prominent agriculture groups have formed a new coalition to promote their business and fight any effort by the Humane Society of the United States to impose new limits on the industry.
The groups behind We Support Agriculture include the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and pork, poultry and dairy groups.
WASHINGTON — An international farm animal welfare group said a recent agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers to work toward federal legislation requiring larger cages for egg laying hens would bring the U.S. broadly in line with the European Union position, while the National Pork Producers Council expressed alarm at the agreement.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
WICHITA, Kan. — A heat wave that has pushed temperatures well over 100 degrees has killed tens of thousands of turkeys and chickens in Kansas and North Carolina and left farmers across the lower part of the country struggling to cool off their flocks.
WASHINGTON — The Humane Society and a national egg farmer cooperative say they will jointly propose federal legislation that would phase out the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens and establish other treatment standards.
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