For producers doing organic livestock:
USDA/AMS Proposing New Organic Livestock Regulations
The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions.
AMS will host a virtual listening session on Aug. 19 from noon to approximately 2 p.m. eastern time to hear comments regarding this proposed rule. The deadline to register for oral comment is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Aug. 15.
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USDA Offers Resources to Expand Meat Processing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late last week the launch of the Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance Program to provide technical assistance to meat and poultry grant applicants and grant-funded projects.
Processors and applicants involved with the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program can access this technical assistance. USDA also announced it is now accepting applications for $23.6 million in competitive grant funding available through the MPIRG program.
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The process of bonding livestock guardian dogs with livestock is crucial to their success as adult dogs. However, little if any research-based information is available on bonding techniques.
University of California Cooperative Extension Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor Carolyn Whitesell and UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Dan Macon have developed a producer survey designed to document the types of bonding processes used by commercial livestock producers. The researchers hope to build greater understanding regarding the approaches that result in successful bonding – and those that do not.
Project cooperators will complete a short online or telephone survey when they start the bonding process with a new pup. Follow-up surveys will be conducted monthly until the bonding process is completed. Surveys should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. All responses will remain confidential.
If you're starting a livestock guardian dog puppy in the next year and would be willing to participate in this project, contact Macon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-889-7385.
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Zoom Webinar Series hosted by the Range Management Advisory Committee and the C A Fire Science Consortium.
For those of you that have been impacted by past or current wildfires in relation to loss of rangeland forage, the YouTube video link and related website below would be good resources to review to help calculate forage loss. If you know of anyone with grazing lands impacted by the 2020 fires, please distribute. Also any of you that have current loss of structures, fences, stock and forages, it is always helpful to hear from you so we can summarize (without identifying individuals) to share with policy-makers. This information is often used to request federal disaster funds. Thanks in advance and stay safe!