NIAA Weekly News Bulletin

NOVEMBER 19, 2020


Water usage in agriculture


Consumer habits drive a significant impact in how much water is used in agriculture.

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Butter is booming


In the first nine months of 2020 butter production is up 6% and is on track to top two billion pounds.

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A demand for more Turkey Restrictions on travel and large gatherings could increase turkey sales this year. 

Publication released on Antimicrobial use in U.S. animal agriculture Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University have partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine to release a special issue of Zoonoses and Public Health.

USMEF discusses creative global marketing solutions During the U.S. Meat Export Federation Strategic Planning Conference a marketing program was discussed for U.S. pork, beef and lamb during the challenging times of COVID-19.

Automated cattle-feeding systems sees continual growth By measuring the burps and breaths of livestock the automated feeding systems continues to grow customer base by providing efficiency, productivity and sustainability to operations.

Agricultural groups united to address climate change Eight agricultural organizations have came together to provide 40 recommendations on climate changed focused around three principles.

Pizza Hut launches pizza with meat free-sausage Pizza Hut announced they will add a new pizza to their menu with Beyond Meat's plant-based sausage to be served in the United States and Britain.

NAMI and other groups request vaccine priority The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and 14 other associations sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for priority to COVID-19 vaccines to keep the food supply chain running. 

States provide funding to help meat processors Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma are providing grants from CARES Act to help support meat processors.

Studies show cats may transmit SARS-CoV-2 but pigs cannot Two studies conducted by Kansas State University show Domestic cats can be asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2, but pigs are unlikely to be carries.

Rule to increase poultry processing speed is under review A new rule is currently under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget to increase poultry processing to 175 birds a minute from the current 140 birds. 

Farmers are using TikTok to educate consumers An onion farmer goes viral after creating a video that shared insights about his day-to-day lifestyle and knowledge about the industry.

CME Group releases new pork contract The CME Group launched a new pork-cutout contract aimed to provide market participants the ability to manage risk.



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