Enacted to further improve the safety of our food supply, these laws will impact most farms.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Each year approximately 10% of U.S. farm deaths are in Pennsylvania. Do your part and make your farm as safe as possible.
Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them.
Manure gas deaths keep occurring around the world. What can we do to make manure handling safer?
Currently in the US, feed stores can sell certain antibiotics for oral use in animals without veterinary supervision. This will change starting in December 2016. The changes instituted by the FDA are part of a voluntary program by the agricultural pharmaceutical and livestock industries to phase out certain antibiotics labelled for use as growth promotion in production animals.
Pennsylvania agriculture is under pressure to reduce nutrient deposition in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Given current nutrient management regulations and restrictions, there are areas in Eastern Pennsylvania where available manure nutrients exceed those that can be applied as fertilizer to local crops. It seems logical that the region of Pennsylvania outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed should be part of a serious discussion for future livestock expansion.
Pennsylvania’s capacity to process live hogs into pork products (about 14,000 hogs per day) represents about 3.3 percent of the U.S. total.