News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

COOL issue won’t quite simmer down

While mandatory country of origin labeling appears a moot point now, a similar and voluntary Product of the USA Labeling option is being examined
Despite the fact that the World Trade Organization (WTO) on multiple occasions deemed country of origin labeling (COOL) for U.S. meat and poultry products as inconsistent with free-trade standards, COOL is an issue that still persists.
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Videos honor, highlight women of USAPEEC

International Women’s Day should be observed every day, says USAPEEC president
If you haven’t seen the videos posted on YouTube by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council in observance of International Women’s Day, which was March 8, you certainly should check them out.
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Break a leg? You just might if you don’t eat meat

UK study shows vegans and vegetarians may be at a higher risk of bone fractures
While proponents of vegan and vegetarian diets like to promote them as healthier than diets that include meat, a study in the United Kingdom indicates that meat eaters generally have better bone health.
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How much will Colorado’s MeatOut Day matter?

Purdue University’s Jayson Lusk says voluntary meatless days have minimal impacts, but it is a different story when it impacts buying decisions for government and school cafeterias
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ stock understandably went down with many people in his state and beyond when he recently signed a proclamation that declared March 20 as MeatOut Day.
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Smaller CRP payments could lead to more feed grains

As contracts set to expire, many may opt to put fields back into crop production
As contracts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are up for renewal, landowners are discovering that the payments offered to them for preventing soil erosion are not as high as they once were.
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What keeps Tom Vilsack up at night?

Former U.S. agriculture secretary discusses top concerns as he prepares to return to his former job
Tom Vilsack admits that when became the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama, he didn’t fully know what he was getting himself into.
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After Eggsposé, cage-free progress updates offered

Arby’s and Lucky’s Market have completed their transitions, while Nugget Market says it will sell only cage-free eggs by the end of 2021
It didn’t take long after The Humane League released its “Cage-Free Eggsposé” report before several companies offered updates on their cage-free egg transitions.
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