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Progress Reported on Several Trade Fronts

There is trade talk movement on several fronts right now: China President Trump is reiterating that progress is being made toward a comprehensive trade deal with China. He is emphasizing that it will help farmers and ranchers. He talked about the negotiations during a roundtable discussion on the economy in Burnsville, Minnesota this week. President Trump saying, "The farmers have not been treated well for fifteen years. You can go back and it's just a graph downward. Well, [...]

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Denver Processing LLC Recalls Raw Pork and Beef Products

Denver Processing LLC, a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 13,865 pounds of raw pork and beef products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The raw pork and beef items were produced on April 9, 2019. The following varying catch weight plastic wrapped trays are subject to recall containing: “Pork Sirloin Boneless Chop” with “Sell By 04.18.19,” lot code 099, case code 60047, [...]

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Hormel Lawsuit Reveals What 'Natural' Meat Really Means

Consumers want “natural” meat—and the biggest meat companies want to sell it to them. American shoppers are reaching for healthier, more environmentally and animal-friendly meat products, with 39 percent saying “all-natural” is the most important claim when purchasing red meat, according to a recent survey by Mintel. But there’s one problem: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that when it comes to meat and poultry, the term “natural” means only that the product has no artificial ingredients and has been [...]

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Perdue Answers Buzz on Hemp in Animal Feed

From fiber and oil to clothing and makeup, hemp products are hot. And now some are exploring whether hemp could be a useful ingredient in animal feed. So what’s the Secretary of Agriculture’s take? “Hemp in animal feed? I’m not aware of any uses of hemp in animal feed. I know there are other uses,” Sonny Perdue says with a chuckle. “But we're trying to determine really what those individual uses are.” While hemp currently isn’t an approved ingredient in animal feed, [...]

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U.S. Pork Industry at the Tip of the Spear

Trade issues with China can’t be resolved fast enough, said Dave Herring, North Carolina pork producer and president of the National Pork Producers Council, on AgriTalk with Chip Flory on April 4. “The indications we're seeing right now looks like we're getting closer,” Herring said. “If we could get the trade dispute settled with China, it would really open up some doors and create tremendous opportunities. And we need those opportunities.” U.S. pork is at the “tip of the spear” when [...]

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