This week, the AGree initiative, which seeks to build consensus and catalyze action on food and agricultural policy, released five papers addressing individual challenges for the future of agriculture.
Feedyard managers across the United States are looking at a lot of unused bunk space these days. The August Cattle on Feed report from the USDA shows August 1 inventories at feedlots with capacity for 1,000 head or more at 9.8 million head, down 2 percent from a year ago.
Calling animal disease a “weak link” in global efforts to combat disease, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for sustained monitoring of animal diseases, particularly those that can cross species barriers to infect humans.
In a technology acquisition on July 23, 2014, GlobalVetLINK (GVL) gained an established software solution called Health Information Management System (HIMS) from Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd (CVS).
In the February Agricultural Trade Outlook report from USDA, the department boosts its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports for fiscal 2014 to a record $142.6 billion. Anticipated demand for grain and feed exports account for most of the increase, with exports of livestock, poultry, and dairy products projected to be down $200 million to $31.6 billion. Beef and dairy, however, are the bright spots in the category with projected increases.