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Livestock Operations Need To Open To Public


Temple Grandin says livestock ranchers should open their doors to the public and show how animals are raised and cared for.

She urged farmers and ranchers to fill that information gap, and to use the Internet as a tool for demonstrating their animal-care practices. For example, she commended a California egg farm that has begun streaming live video of its chickens online.

Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, made these comments during a presentation the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey, California.

Grandin described Americans as "hungry for information" about what happens on farms and ranches. She noted the popularity of TV shows such as "Dirty Jobs" and others on trucking and logging that have showcased aspects of agriculture.

"Most of the public is just curious," Grandin said. "We need to be opening up the door and showing the things that we do."

Farming Business Under DOJ & USDA Review


The Departments of Justice and Agriculture are holding their final workshop to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. This final workshop will focus on margins.

According to the DOJ

This workshop will look at the discrepancies between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. As a concluding event, discussions from previous workshops will be incorporated into the analysis of agriculture markets nationally.

This all day event wraps up a series of workshops that began in March of 2010. The four previous workshops covered Issues of Concern to Farmers, the Poultry Industry, the Dairy Industry, and the Livestock Industry.

How Are DDGS Being Used Globally?


The US Grains Council has helped work through an agreement with the country of Jordan to start delivery of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in early 2011.

It will also be the first-ever DDGS sale into an Arabic Middle Eastern nation, an area with the potential to use up to three million metric tons of DDGS, according to Joe O’Brien, USGC regional director in the Middle East and Subcontinent.

For additional information on dairy production in Jordan, see Alqaisi O, Ndambi O A and Hemme T 2009: Development of milk production and the dairy industry in Jordan. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 21, Article #107. Retrieved December 5, 2010.