Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus was confirmed for the first time in the U.S. in May. As of June 16th – 218 premises have tested positive for PEDV. While the trade is monitoring this disease – Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer downplays the potential market impact…
“If you do the math, even if those are pretty large sow farms, so far the losses have not been huge.”
PEDV is a production disease and has no implication for trade. The trade will continue to monitor the virus – but Meyer says it is not a major market factor now.
Legislation to Restrict Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals Introduced in Senate
California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013. The bill directs the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of human antibiotics in the feed and water of healthy farm animals if they jeopardize human health. The measure also requires drug companies and agriculture producers to demonstrate that antibiotics are used to treat clinically diagnosable diseases.
House Republicans Disagree on Best Path Forward for Farm Bill
Ahead of the 4th of July recess – there was talk amongst House Republicans about splitting the farm bill into two measures. Several Congressmen who voted against the measure would like to split farm programs from nutrition programs. According to South Carolina’s Mick Mulvaney – a group of members told leadership they would vote for the agriculture portion with no problems if the bill were split, farm bill and food and nutrition. Lucas said that is the least acceptable option – and said earlier in the week that leaders have to decide if they need to try for more Republican support or seek to bring on new Democrats.