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Panel raps lack of action to curb drug use in U.S. livestock

Panel members include ranchers, public health experts, the former dean of a 
veterinary school and former U.S. agriculture secretary Dan Glickman

Reuters / U.S. regulators and livestock producers have failed to curb the use of antibiotics in livestock despite concerns that excessive use in meat production will reduce the drugs’ effectiveness in humans, said a panel of experts. “Meaningful change is unlikely in the future,” concluded the 14-member panel, assembled by Johns Hopkins University, in a […] Read more



Panel raps lack of action to curb drug use in U.S. livestock

U.S. regulators and livestock producers have failed to curb the use of antibiotics in livestock despite concerns that excessive use in meat production will reduce the drugs’ effectiveness in humans, said a panel of experts. “Meaningful change is unlikely in the future,” concluded the 14-member panel, assembled by Johns Hopkins University, in a report released […] Read more


U.S. cancels October crop report, first miss in decades

The U.S. government on Thursday canceled its monthly crop report for the first time ever, and said it will not estimate U.S. or world crop production until early November. Cancellation of the October report means the first harvest-time estimate of U.S. crops will be Nov. 8. The production report and companion data on crops worldwide […] Read more



U.S. farm law expires again with lawmakers split on new bill

USDA has lost authority to run agricultural export, global food aid and livestock disaster relief programs

Overshadowed by the government shutdown, the U.S. farm subsidy law expired for the second time Oct. 1 with lawmakers still deadlocked over how to confront cuts in food assistance programs for low-income Americans. Analysts say Congress is more likely to revive the farm law for another year or two, the path it took when the […] Read more




USDA will mostly ‘go dark’ in case of federal shutdown

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will shut off its gusher of statistical reports in the event of a federal government shutdown, leaving traders and food producers in the dark about most activities in the world’s largest farm exporter. But inspections of meat are considered among essential services that will continue even if most workers are […] Read more