The 9th Annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum is coming up later this month at the State Fair grounds in Raleigh. The Food and Drug Administration has released new proposed food safety rules for public comment that will impact the North Carolina food industry from farm to fork. These new food safety rules will be address by Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine for FDA, as well as Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, in the FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition. The forum gets underway at 9:00 am in the Expo Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, and wraps up with lunch at 12:30pm. There is no cost to attend, but for meal planning purposes, registration is requested at ncagr.gov by August 21st. For more info, visit our calandar.
Egg and Broiler Production Down in SC
In the latest Farm Facts for South Carolina, the Palmetto State’s laying flocks produced 94 million eggs during June, up 7% from June 2012. Production totaled 72 million table eggs and 22 million hatching eggs. During the month of June South Carolina’s broiler hatcheries produced 18.2 million chicks, down 1% from last year’s 18.4 million. Corn stocks stored in off-farm facilities in South Carolina on June 1st totaled 1.47 million bushels, down 28% from last June’s off-farm stocks.
Vilsack Says Visit to Brazil Underscores Need for Farm Bill
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has been in Brazil – providing officials there with an honest assessment about the situation of the cotton case while the farm bill is still pending. The Secretary has reportedly told Brazilian officials that USDA is running out of money and authority to make payments in the World Trade Organization cotton subsidies agreement.
USDA Outlook Board to Issue Country-by-Country Production Forecasts
USDA Outlook Board Chairman Gerry Bange, saying that besides U.S. supply and demand forecasts, his group will issue country by country forecasts.
“On the international scene, we have pretty much the entire northern hemisphere and we have to look at all of Europe. In South America, in countries like Argentina , we are still wrapping up the 2012-13 year. They have recently issued some new quarantine numbers that we need to review. In Australia, they are just coming out of winter and we will need to make some decisions on what their wheat crop will look like as they are coming out of winter. China is another big question, the issues are their cotton policy, soybean imports and other things. There are quite a few things that need to be digested and converted into some type of forecast.”