Ag News: Ag Inspectors Bill Passed
**National Pork Producers Council applauds House passage of the Ag Inspectors Bill.
Last week, the U.S. House approved legislation that authorizes funding for 740 new ag inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S.
In October, the Senate approved an identical version of the bill.
The legislation also authorizes 600 new agricultural technicians and 60 new canine teams.
**Consumers continue to look for organic strawberries. In fact, marketers moved 6.2 million pounds more organic berries in 2018 than in 2017, according to IRI/FreshLook Marketing.
Thepacker.com reports, more than one-tenth of sales came from organic in 2018, even though the average retail price fell 17 cents during that 12-month period.
When considering region, Western shoppers were the most likely to buy organic strawberries, followed by those in the Northeast.
**The new documentary "Cattle First" captures how one ranching family is preserving the land, promoting animal health and protecting a legacy.
The 40-minute film, available for viewing at
CattleFirstMovie.com, follows the Johnson family's experiences as Colorado cow-calf producers, and provides perspectives on all aspects of ranching.
The documentary, brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim, premiered at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, and will also be screened at National Ag Day in Washington, D.C., on March 24th.