PoultryCast update for July 16, 2009, FDA Launches Antibiotic Limitation Effort

Update for July 16, 2009

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The FDA is now on record to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production. This was an unexpected, aggressive action given ongoing talks with livestock organizations and portends further efforts to limit access to tools our industry has used to grow with great effectiveness and efficiency.

Recent programs have also touched on FDA efforts to expand oversight in areas of agriculture traditionally given to the USDA. When the agency which oversees drug approval and licensing controls agriculture, will the implementation of new technologies come to a screeching halt as well?

It’s a transitional time for agriculture as the new administration (How long are they new?) is on record to move away from foreign food aid and to instead provide cash and knowledge/training. It might appear to some that we’re paying for the demise of our own export markets.

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PoultryCast® Headliners
  • Link to blogBlog: Being "Fair", by Don Tyler. "I grew up with three brothers and three sisters, so my Mom had to have the wisdom of Solomon, and the ESP of The Amazing Kreskin. We rarely got away with anything. She was a substitute teacher for awhile at our local Jr. High School, and after the first class that she taught on her first day our friends were telling us, 'She really does have eyes in the back of her head! We tried every stunt that we play on new subs, and she just laughed! She had her back to us, writing on the chalk board, and she knew who threw the spit wad without even turning around! She called them by name!' Mom also developed a great way of making decisions as fair as possible." Read more.
  • Link to blogBlog: Two Sides of the Same Book, By Mark Jewell . "Spend some time evaluating the different kinds of jobs available to us in the agriculture industry, and something interesting starts to emerge. Almost as if there were two different covers on the same book, there appears to be two different genre’s to exist in, if you work in the agriculture industry. First, you have the stereotypical farm work that anyone can see. Tractors driving through the fields, someone bailing hay, a farmer working on equipment, another hauling manure - all the kinds of jobs that get the day to day dirty work done.". Read more.
PoultryCast® Ag Job Tools
Job lists are good leading sources of what might happen in the world. In the agricultural industry, there are several job listing sources on which to keep an eye.

AgCareers.com , PigCareers.com , AgJobNetwork , Hansen Agri-Placement , and Ag1Source all have useful tools to search for jobs. But the real power monitoring comes from the RSS feeds (see RSS in plain English video for background). With an RSS feed you can quickly scan job listings.

Some good examples include RSS feeds from AgCareers.com (RSS page) and Indeed.com. Remember, these RSS information feeds only give you information about a listed position, it wouldn't get you the job... You still need to do the hard work to get it.

One interesting use of RSS feeds is monitoring competitors. Using Indeed.com you can filter by company, key words, or job title. Who is Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) looking for? Use this feed. What is Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) up to? Do a search!

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