Volume 79 | October 7, 2019
Secretary Purdue Talks Trade, Markets at World Dairy Expo
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time with dairy farmers Tuesday at the World Dairy Expo. During the town hall-style meeting, producers questioned the Secretary about everything from organic certification enforcement to supply management and trade. 

As has been his recent pattern, the Secretary opened the meeting with a joke. This one, about milking almonds with robots, hit the audience much better than the last time he was in the upper Midwest. 

Paul Adams, an organic dairy farmer, said the market for his milk has been devastated by “large-scale, mega-organic dairies.” Adams alleged those dairies don’t have to comply with the same requirements as his dairy. “How do I get exemptions like the mega-dairies?” Adams asked.
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The WLIC online store gives producers several options for purchasing the WI-Origin™ tags, including choice of style, color, and price. Other preferences include a selection of both RFID (radio frequency identification), or non-RFID tags.

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In the News
Justin Sexten: The How and What of Traceability
Spring-calf weaning in full swing and yearlings coming off grass translate to cattle movements. It is a timely opportunity to address traceability. Before reading on, I challenge you write down your definition of traceability in the context of the beef industry.
Simulation Helps Pork Industry Find Gaps in FAD Outbreak Preparedness
During the week of Sept. 23, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services National Training and Exercise Program led a full-function, four-day exercise simulating a fictional outbreak of ASF to determine how federal and state authorities and the pork industry would respond. 
MSU Scientists Test New Tech for Dianosing CWD
Michigan State University and Michigan Department of Natural Resources scientists are testing a faster, more accurate way to screen and diagnosis chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in deer. The three-year, $900,000 project, funded by both institutions, will use RT-QuIC, a technology known to have better detection and sensitivity in real time.
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