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Tyson bans ractopamine from its U.S. hog supply

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters — Tyson Foods in February will stop buying U.S. hogs raised with a growth drug banned by China, the company said on Thursday, as global meat suppliers seek an edge in boosting sales to Chinese buyers facing a huge pork shortage due to an outbreak of a fatal pig disease. The halt in the […] Read more

Cargill suspends shifts at Kansas beef plant after explosion

Reading Time: 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Cargill said Thursday it had suspended some shifts at its Dodge City, Kansas beef-packing plant after an explosion injured two employees. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company expects the facility to be fully operational soon and that it would meet all it customer commitments. The company is investigating the cause […] Read more

Angry farmers cause Dutch police to close off parliament square

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Hague | Reuters — Police in the Dutch city of The Hague closed its central parliament square on Wednesday to keep out farmers protesting over what they see as attempts to blame them for nitrogen pollution. Thousands of irate farmers had driven tractors to The Hague hours earlier in their third large protest in […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle climb on hopes for higher cash trade

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed modestly higher on Wednesday, extending a five-week rally tied to expectations of strong prices this week for cattle in the cash market, traders said. “Cash is $1-$2 higher every week, better than what people anticipated,” said Scott Varilek, a broker at Kooima and Kaemingk Commodities Inc. […] Read more

Production insurance could help stabilize farmer incomes, according to Ontario Sheep Farmers.

Ontario Sheep looks into production insurance

The potential insurance plan would focus on production levels rather than price

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Sheep Farmers is investigating production insurance for its members that would help farmers guard against production declines. Meetings were held across Ontario for producers from Sept. 10 to 12 to discuss the risks they face within their production systems, and for Ontario Sheep Farmers to grasp producer interest in a production insurance program. “The […] Read more

Chicken farmers are looking for market development funding after trade deals resulted in the loss of some of their market.

Chicken, egg farmers still looking for trade package

A package for dairy farmers was announced before the current federal election

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicken and egg farmers continue to wait for a trade compensation package, which they had hoped to see before the current federal election. Their supply management cousins in dairy got the announcement they were looking for with a $1.75 billion package that will pay out $345 million in the first year of the seven-year program. […] Read more