AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Brown Beauties
Farm fresh eggs are hard to beat. Literally. The yolks of these brown beauties are so thick it takes work to whisk them.
There is a huge difference between store bought and farm fresh eggs. I never... Posted on 4/20/11 at 7:00 PM
Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension Service climatologist, warned farmers about planting too early. He says that while Iowa temperatures are breaking 1936 Dust Bowl records lately, farmers there should expect a freeze. He expects warm temperatures into this week then the weather could change. He notes that here has been only one year out of the past 100 when farmers could have planted on March 15 and everything would have been fine. One chance in a hundred is tough odds. That one year was 1946.
MODESTO, Calif. — Thank you for your reporting on the United Egg Producers-Humane Society of the United States deal (Agweek, Feb. 20). The focus on Amon Baer is understandable, and I appreciate the other side being profiled as well. It is undeniable that the public and the egg-consuming public are at two minds on the welfare of egg laying hens on the farm.
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.
Delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Honolulu ended their support for the $5 billion annual direct payments program that crop farmers get whether prices are high or low on Jan. 10, but the new policy they passed reflected continued differences between regions and commodities that will make it difficult for the nation’s largest general farm group to develop policy on a new farm bill.
McDonald's has dropped a Minnesota-based egg supplier after an animal rights group released an undercover video of operations at the egg producer's farms in three states. The video by Mercy for Animals shows what it calls animal cruelty including a worker swinging a bird around by its feet.
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.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Montana Eggs LLC is planning an expansion of its plant on the northwestern edge of Great Falls so eggs produced by area Hutterite colonies be washed and graded at a USDA-certified facility.
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