Animal Ag News 10/25

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is mobilizing a stronger, and more comprehensive effort to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products. The agency is initiating several key activities to gather the data and information necessary to support future action and move closer to the national target of a 25% reduction in Salmonella illnesses.
  • Beef is now the official protein of the 2021 ESPN Events Tailgate Tour. The event is stopping at more than 20 college football games during the 2021 season and is an opportunity to serve up some tasty beef to the crowds and to share beef’s great story with a broad and slightly younger consumer audience.
  • Wayne Farms LLC, a subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, announced that on October 17, 2021, it completed the sale of its Fresh Processing Complex in Laurel, Mississippi, to Amick Farms. The complex includes live production, hatchery, feed mill, manufacturing and production facilities. The divestiture is a key milestone towards completing the previously announced transaction which will combine Wayne Farms and Sanderson Farms, Inc. under the joint ownership and control of Cargill and Continental Grain.
  • Certified Angus Beef is accepting applications for three communications internship positions for Summer 2022. Junior or senior college students are encouraged to apply by November 19, 2021. Summer interns will be expected to work from the brand’s office in Wooster, Ohio, 40 hours per week for 10 to 12-weeks between mid-May to mid-August, depending on the student’s availability. Applications require a cover letter, resume and online portfolio of work samples in communications.
  • Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the planning and management organization that oversees the national dairy checkoff program on behalf of America’s dairy farmers and importers, recently posted its 2020 annual report.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association welcomed the introduction of the Cattle Contract Library Act, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). The bipartisan bill would establish a cattle contract library within USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS), equipping cattle producers with the market data they need to make informed business decisions and exert greater leverage in negotiations with major meatpackers.
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