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11May 09

New Website Provided by Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

We wanted to share news about a new website published by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network,, which was designed to provide information for smaller meat processors working with local, organic or grassfed products. This resource should be helpful, providing information on processing regulations, mobile processing units, and marketing information. Please see the topics contained in main menu from the website (below). Rules and Regulations Find Help Near You Niche Meat Processor Case Studies Business Development Workforce Management Plant…

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04May 09

Update on H1N1

I spent many years talking to the press saying H5N1 was a disease of chickens. This morning I spoke with my son's pig and explained H1N1 was a disease of humans. I hesitate to make light of the situation but sadly it is the truth: we can and do infect our animals. In another twist, we appear to be at a plateau for new human infections according to the numbers on the WHO website. Reported cases are not growing significantly.…

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01May 09

Updated Statement by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Regarding USDA Efforts Regarding H1N1 Flu Outbreak

Release No. 0137.09 Contact: Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 April 28, 2009 "I want to reiterate that U.S. pork is safe. While we in the U.S. are continuing to monitor for new cases of H1N1 flu, the American food supply is safe. There is no evidence or reports that U.S. swine have been infected with this virus. USDA is reminding its trading partners that U.S. pork and pork products are safe and there is no basis for restricting imports of…

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30Apr 09

Animal Welfare Approved Program and Farmer Lee Menius Featured in Press

By Michael Hastings Media General News Service Published: April 28, 2009 See here for article. CHINA GROVE - Lee Menius grew up on a farm where animals were raised the conventional way for many years. Now he's trying something different. Since World War II, his family had bred beef cattle in Rowan County with antibiotics and hormones. Then they sold them to feedlot operations where they would be raised on grain instead of a grass diet. In the 1990s, Menius…

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