U.S. launches task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs — September 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to national security, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for the outlining of specific steps to be taken, White House advisers said at a press conference Thursday. The White House announced […]


U.S. livestock: Weak cash price outlook drops CME live cattle — September 18, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled lower on Thursday in anticipation of packers spending less for market-ready, or cash, cattle this week, traders said. October live cattle futures finished 1.425 cents per pound lower at 155.6 cents, and December at 158.925 cents down 1.075 cents (all figures US$). Processors may cut […]


Incoming Alta. premier taps ex-MPs to push for market access — September 18, 2014

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Boosting market access for Alberta’s agricultural wares and other exports is expected to loom large on the new provincial premier’s radar. Jim Prentice, sworn in Monday as premier, kept Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Verlyn Olson as his minister of agriculture and rural development, and reappointed Jason Krips as deputy minister for the department. Prentice, in his mandate […]


Dow’s Enlist corn, soybeans face hurdles despite USDA approval — September 18, 2014

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Reuters — U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural giant a step closer to its “most important” product launch ever, but a series of hurdles remain, the company said Thursday. “We sure are aware of the concerns that have been expressed,” said Dow AgroSciences president Tim Hassinger in an […]


USDA grants approval to Dow’s Enlist corn, soybeans — September 17, 2014

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Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production. The approval may clear the way for a full […]


U.S. livestock: CME hog futures fall with cash, pork prices — September 17, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures slumped more than two per cent on Wednesday, pressured by lower prices for slaughter-ready or cash hogs and pork at wholesale, traders said. October closed 1.775 cents per pound lower at 105.1 cents, and December at 93.9 cents, down 2.025 cents (all figures US$). Wednesday […]


Man. soybeans surviving recent unfavourable weather — September 17, 2014

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CNS Canada — Many areas of Manitoba have seen unfavourable cool, wet conditions recently, with frost reported in some areas — but the province’s soybean crops seem to be holding up OK. Frost seen on Sept. 12 and 13 caused some damage to soybean crops in the province, but it was mostly minimal, said Dennis […]


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle close lower on cash price outlook — September 16, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed down slightly on Tuesday in anticipation of likely lower prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. October and December live cattle both ended 0.15 cent per pound lower, at 156.2 and 158.875 cents, respectively (all figures US$). Packers might curb cash […]


Meat industry groups seek rehearing of COOL court case — September 16, 2014

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Canadian, U.S. and Mexican livestock and meat industry groups want a rehearing from a U.S. court that so far has shot down their challenges of U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws. The American Meat Institute (AMI), the lead group in a list of plaintiffs including the Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), filed […]


U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms — September 16, 2014

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Reuters — Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect […]