"Today's ruling is important in that it demonstrates that the defendants can be held responsible for the over-application runoff and leaching that endangers human health and the environment," Charlie Price, a spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said in an e-mail to the Tulsa World.

The poultry companies also lost a bid to revoke a settlement between the state and Willow Brook Foods Inc., which had been in the original lawsuit but paid $120,000 to settle claims made by the state. The other companies objected to the settlement when it was announced in May.

Source: The Tulsa World

Canada to spend $75 million to reduce hog production

"We know Canadian hog producers can become profitable again, but we have to face tough realities to make our pork industry lean and competitive," said Gerry Ritz, agriculture minister.

Nick Giordano, vice president of the National Pork Producers Council, said that he is concerned by the government loans. "Producers can't get bank loans, so the Canadian government is stepping in. That's clearly a subsidy," said Giordano. "Money is flowing to producers that wouldn't otherwise. That's a concern to U.S. producers." The NPPC is calling for the U.S. government to purchase surplus pork products to support prices, but it is not asking for loans.

Source: Forbes, Reuters

Meat exports show mixed results, forecasts

Ohio Farmer

Beef exports are down 2 percent in volume and 6 percent in value from 2008, but the numbers in June showed a 13 percent decrease in volume and a 16 percent decrease in value. The lamb export market continues to prosper, with export volumes up 59 percent and value up 22 percent.

Bloomberg reports that pork exports are heading for the first annual decline since 1990. Experts are predicting an 11 percent overall decline, thanks to the scare of the H1N1 flu and the global recession. Glenn Grimes, a livestock economist for the University of Missouri in Columbia, said that producers may not be profitable until next May. He added that the breeding herd needs to shrink by about 10 percent, which could mean as many as 5,000 producers would have to exit the industry.

Sources: The Ohio Farmer, Bloomberg

Poultry Science Association elects new officers

A total of 776 people attended this year’s annual meeting – an increase of almost 7 percent from PSA’s 2008 Centennial Meeting in Niagara Falls. Excluding staff members and several students attending only one of the symposia, the attendees hailed from 40 states (including the District of Columbia) and 34 countries, with international participants accounting for 27 percent of the total. The overarching theme for the 2009 meeting was “The University and Industry Connection: Building Bridges for our Future.”

PSA’s outgoing president, Mike Lacy, Ph.D., noted: “This year’s meeting was a powerful example of the strength and vibrancy of poultry science in the U.S. and Canada . As the theme of the meeting suggested, solving the increasingly complex challenges of the future – in areas as diverse as food safety, the environmental impact of poultry production, and animal welfare issues – will require even stronger collaboration between poultry researchers and the poultry industry. As PSA’s new president, Dr. Sally Noll, takes the reins, I have every confidence that PSA’s members will, as always, rise to the occasion.”

The PSA's new officers are as follows:  
·         President: Sally Noll, Ph.D., Dept. of Animal Science, Univ. of Minnesota
·         First Vice President: Michael S. Lilburn, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
·         Second Vice President: Michael Wineland, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
·         Secretary-Treasurer: R. Michael Hulet, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
·         Past President: Michael P. Lacy, Ph.D., Dept. of Poultry Science, Univ. of Georgia
·         Director: Fred Silversides, Ph.D., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
·         Director: David Caldwell, Ph.D., Texas A&M
·         Student Representative: Robert C. Van Wyhe (2010), Virginia Tech
·         Student Representative: Jessica C. Butler (2011), Auburn University
The newly elected Fellows of the Poultry Science Association are: John A. Cherry, Ph.D. (University of Georgia); Patricia Y. (“Scotti”) Hester, Ph.D. (Purdue University); Susan J. Lamont, Ph.D. (Iowa State University); Edwin T. Moran, Jr., Ph.D. (Auburn University); and David A. Roland, Sr., Ph.D. (Auburn University)

Source: Poultry Science Association

Sterling Pacific Meat recalls ground beef (correction)

Source: FSIS