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USDA Begins Filling Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced this week the first major foot-and-mouth vaccine purchase to store in the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank. APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease

Wyoming Grizzly Bears to Remain on Endangered Species List

A ruling by a federal appeals court upheld a federal district court’s 2018 decision to place the grizzly bear in Wyoming back on the Endangered Species List. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling

One-Third of CFAP Payments Now Out the Door

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided $9.5 billion in funding (approximately 0.48% of a package totaling nearly $2 trillion) to the Office of the USDA Secretary to craft a financial support package for producers impacted by

Petition Launched for Beef Checkoff Referendum

R-CALF USA formally launched a national petition drive that requests a nationwide referendum on the termination of the Beef Promotion Research Order, commonly known as the Beef Checkoff Program. With approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Seeks Input on RFID Eartag Proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a proposal where APHIS would only approve Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official eartag for use in interstate movement

Hemp Groups Explore A Checkoff Program

The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) announced last week they’ve entered into an agreement to work together to explore the creation of a marketing checkoff program to promote hemp. The NIHC

Livestock Group Concerned About House Climate Change Report

The House Democrats’ climate change committee released an ambitious framework for slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says those plans include agriculture playing a key role in the goal. The

RAMP-UP Meat Processing

WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and former Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, joined eight other Representatives in introducing the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants (RAMP-UP) Act last week. This