Will Wal-Mart-style marketing be the reason if a proposed standard on laying egg cages becomes federal law, and part of the farm bill?
Gene Gregory, president and CEO of United Egg Producers, says yes, eggs are a commodity and large producers that sell to big customers such as Wal-Mart need to move across state lines without a patchwork of rules.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Amon Baer has one thing to say about amendments to the 2012 farm bill where Congress would dictate exactly — to the square inch — how big his egg laying cages must be. It is part of a deal brokered by the United Egg Producers leaders and the Humane Society of the United States, ostensibly to prevent state-by-state laws that undermine the egg industry. “Kill it,” Baer says of the proposed law.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that Friday expanded to include a second Iowa farm. More than 1,000 people have already been sickened and the toll of illnesses is expected to increase.
Thanks to the City Council for turning down Bill Gossman’s request to raise chickens in New London. Bill, let us farmers do the farming. Don’t “horn in” on our turf — or should I say don’t “Leghorn” in on our turf!
A request to allow chickens in residential areas of West Fargo has the potential to ruffle feathers, but proponents said it would promote sustainable living in the city on the grow. The question now: How much free range - if any - will the city given them?
FAIRMONT — University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage are offering three poultry workshops for those who are currently producing poultry or for those that are interested in getting started. The sites include Hutchinson and Lamberton. There is a cost to attend and registration is necessary. There will be CDs with the information presented and further materials for each attendee.
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