Through written commitments, members of the Animal Health Institute (AHI) and the Generic Animal Drug Alliance (GADA) have announced their intentions to align with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policy on judicious use of antibiotics.
Final Guidance 213 would phase out the growth promotion uses of medically important compounds, while phasing in veterinary oversight of therapeutic products, according to Feedstuffs. The agency expects this new policy to be fully implemented over the next three years.
The agency still needs to issue a final rule on proposed changes to the veterinary feed directive, which is the method used to confirm veterinary oversight of products used in feed.
Based on stronger world imports and the rising pace of shipments in recent weeks, the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report projected corn exports to be 25 million bushels higher.
U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2013-2014 were reduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the projected increase of corn exports and lower oats imports, according to Drovers CattleNetwork.
The season-average farm price for corn was narrowed by 5 cents on both ends to $4.25 to $4.75 per bushel.
The full report can be found here.
To focus on agriculture and consumer issues facing rural West Texans, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the 2014 Agri-Plex Ag Day March 25 in Ballinger.
The free biennial program will include traditional agricultural and family consumer sciences programs, the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association annual meeting, a health fair and will name the Farm Family of the Year and Agribusiness of the Year. Youth scholarships also will be awarded during the event.
The agriculture program will focus on long-range weather forecasting, managing cotton root rot using Top Guard, new technologies available for weed and brush and new apps for livestock and crop farmers. The consumer sciences session, which is held concurrently with the agriculture session, will feature water harvesting in the home landscape, investing and financial exploitation.
As the keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Outlaw, Extension economist in College Station, will speak about the farm bill.
Private pesticide applicators are eligible to earn two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units.
For more information, call the Runnels County Extension office at (325) 365-2219.