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AFBF asks EPA to rescind proposed water rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently released a comprehensive document explaining the inaccurate and misleading comments on the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule, citing specific references to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal. 

“AFBF and several state Farm Bureaus have met with the EPA repeatedly, and each time agency officials have declined to grapple with the serious, real world implications of the rule,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “EPA is now engaged in an intensive public relations campaign, and we believe its statements are directly contrary to the reality of the proposed rule.”

AFBF’s document can be found here: http://bit.ly/1mhsL2Z.

A shorter sampling of some of the most important points can be found here: http://bit.ly/1rr8hdi.

FSIS proposes stricter meat grinding recordkeeping

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat’s sources.

Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources, according to Feedstuffs. If finalized, the proposal will require the retail outlets to keep records identifying the source, supplier and names of all materials used in the preparation of raw ground beef products.

The proposed rule can be found on the FSIS website. A public comment period will end 60 days after it’s published in the Federal Register.

Study finds crossbreds beef up profits in Texas

Brahman and British crossbred cattle add significant value to South Texas breeding stock, according to a study conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Those cattle also performed best in terms of sale price. 

According to AgriLife Today, the study examined the effects of Brahman influence and managerial and market factors on prices paid for breeding cattle in South Texas, which is important for ranchers looking to purchase new females as cowherds begin to build back following the drought.

Data was collected in April at the Tri-County Commercial Female Sale in Beeville, where a special sale featured 123 lots. Coat color, frame size, condition, Brahman influence, physiological stage, polled, price per head and weight were recorded.

The results are available in a publication at the AgriLife Extension Bookstore.

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