Regulations On Red Meat Exports To Canada Simplified

(IARN) — All countries have their own policies for making sure their citizens are kept safe. This includes the policies for importing food from other countries. As will tend to happen, years of amendments, changes, and updates can make policy confusing for countries who are trying to export their products. Recently, Canada has simplified its regulations allowing red meat imports into the country, thanks to help from the United States. Read more

NASS To Re-Survey Producers With Unharvested Corn & Soybeans

(IARN) — The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will once again have follow-up work to do on the 2019 harvest. NASS will be contacting survey respondents in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, who had previously reported unharvested corn and/or soybean acres. If the newly collected data make any changes necessary, NASS will update the January 10th estimates in the May 12th Crop Production Report. Stocks estimates are also subject to review since unharvested production is included in the estimate of on-farm stocks. Read more

FDA Temporarily Relaxing Egg Labeling Requirement

(IARN) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is relaxing egg labeling and packaging requirements to meet consumer demands. Generally, egg cartons must include a statement of identity, the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor, nutrition labeling, the net quality of contents and safe handling instructions. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer demand for shell eggs has increased. Additional eggs for consumers are available, but appropriately labeled retail packaging is not available for all such eggs. Read more

Biofungicide Inoculants Can Help Suppress Heavy Weed Pressure

(IARN) — Crop specialists anticipate heavy disease pressure this year. A technical field manager says biofungicide inoculants could aid crop growth, all while helping ward off potential diseases.

“Two-thousand-nineteen was a crazy year,” shares Justin Clark, BASF technical field manager. One which looks to cause a domino effect when it comes to disease pressure.

“(We’re) thinking about key seed and seedling diseases out there. Those wet, saturated soils that were out there in 2019 can harbor things like pythium and phytophthora,” Clark said. Read more

Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report

Statewide Iowa — Fields remained wet across most of Iowa during the week ending April 5, 2020, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Wet conditions slowed field work activities; however, there were reports of producers applying anhydrous, spreading manure and planting oats. Read more