Animal Ag News 9/20

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council condemned the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C. amid multiple, historic environmental crises in the western United States.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council said they are confident that the newly announced review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will confirm what conservation groups, scientists, and ranchers across the West have already observed for years — gray wolves are not endangered.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association urged the Biden administration to maintain an open dialogue with experts in agriculture as the President today announced the Global Methane Pledge as part of an international effort to curb global methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
  • Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), for himself and for Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds, (R-S.D.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the “American Beef Labeling Act of 2021,” which is now officially numbered as Senate Bill 2716 (S.2716). Senate Bill 2716 reinstates beef as among the numerous food commodities currently subject to the United States mandatory country-of-origin labeling (M-COOL) law that was originally passed by Congress in the 2002 Farm Bill.
  • The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has awarded the 2021 Clean Water Award to Tyson Foods in Nashville, Arkansas, and Tyson Foods in Berryville, Arkansas. The award is presented annually to poultry facilities that go above and beyond in their commitment to sustainable wastewater treatment and water reuse. The winners were chosen by a committee of industry engineers, university personnel and industry media. An announcement of the recognition of the Clean Water Award recipients was made during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar.
  • The National Chicken Council (NCC) unveiled the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s first-ever sustainability report, offering a comprehensive overview of the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s progress in its environmental, animal welfare and social impact journey. In fact, the report data shows the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s carbon footprint declined 18% for every kilogram of bird produced from 2010 to 2020. A central component of the new report is the Broiler Production System Life Cycle Assessment: 2020 Update (commissioned by NCC), which reveals the broiler industry achieved significant improvements across all key sustainability intensity metrics between 2010 and 2020.
  • Join Alltech for a webinar panel discussion with industry experts that will provide valuable information about trace minerals for industry professionals, producers and media. Register via this link.
  • As society wrestles with threats to the global food supply and leaders prepare to convene for the United Nations’ first-ever Food Systems Summit, the U.S. dairy community is reaffirming its commitment to be part of the solution, pledging to address its total greenhouse gas footprint and setting goals to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water use and improve water quality by 2050. In addition, U.S. dairy is strengthening equitable access to nutritious dairy foods around the world while ensuring animal and employee welfare through a transparent production system.
  • The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest approximately $38.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing, and producer communications during fiscal 2022, subject to USDA approval.
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