Ag briefs: State law allows sale of beer ice cream

Wisconsin State Farmer


New state law allows sale of beer ice cream

Move over wine slushies — New Yorkers will soon be allowed to purchase beer ice cream.

A new state law will authorize the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer.
The measure will require the frozen products to contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibit sales to anyone younger than 21.

New York has allowed the sale of wine ice cream for a decade. Lawmakers voted earlier this year to add beer and cider ice cream to the list in an effort to take advantage of consumer interest.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. James Seward, says the new product combines two of New York's leading industries: dairy and locally-produced beer and cider.


Farm must stop interstate sales of medicated meat

A federal court has ordered the owners of a Minnesota farm to stop distributing adulterated meat in interstate commerce.

According to a consent decree filed July 9, the Meech Dairy Farm in Sebeka is permanently barred from distributing meat that has been medicated with new animal drugs above legal limits. Federal authorities say high levels of these drugs in meat poses a public health risk.

A FDA inspection also found that farm owners Todd and Patty Meech didn't keep proper records about medication dosage and other information. As part of the consent decree, the Meeches must implement a quarantine to separate medicated and unmedicated animals before they can resume distributing meat interstate.


Officials: Migrant farm worker found dead in field

Law enforcement officials in central Nebraska say a migrant farm worker who failed to return from a corn field has been found dead.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office says it was notified July 11 evening that 52-year-old Cruz Urias-Beltran, of San Luis, Arizona, had not returned from the 300-acre field he had entered with others to detassel.

Rescue officials and other workers searched for Urias-Beltran, but called off the search around 10 p.m. when it became too dark.

On Thursday morning, more than 100 people began a row-by-row search of the field, and Urias-Beltran's body was found shortly after noon.

No foul play is suspected. An autopsy has been ordered.

Temperatures in the area on Wednesday reached 94 degrees, but the heat index would have been in the triple digits.


Tick species dangerous to livestock found in North Carolina

Agriculture officials say a new species of tick which threatens livestock has turned up in North Carolina.

WLOS-TV in Asheville reports the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the Longhorned tick was found on an opossum in Polk County. The tick has been identified previously in Arkansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. It is considered a pest of livestock in its native regions.

How the tick traveled from its native east Asia isn't known. Before its discovery last fall in New Jersey, the Longhorned tick wasn't typically found in the U.S.

While the Longhorned tick hasn't been linked to human infection in the U.S., the N.C. Division of Public Health is working with state agriculture officials to understand its distribution and monitor for diseases it may carry.


Investigation continues into blaze at Missouri pig farm

Investigators are still looking into the cause of a spring blaze that killed thousands of pigs at an animal feeding operation in northeast Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the blaze in May swept through two structures at Spring Lake Pork in Curryville.

Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O’Connell says foul play is not suspected. O’Connell says an employee of the farm told a Missouri Division of Fire Safety investigator that an estimated 16,000 pigs were killed in the fire, though other estimates had the number at closer to 6,000.

O’Connell says that by the time fire crews arrived the farm was “burned to the ground.” Farm general manager Anthony Russo says the farm was a complete loss.


SE Minnesota hog farm critics seek full environmental review

Residents near a proposed large-scale hog farm in Fillmore County want Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration to order a full environmental review.

Waukon, Iowa-based Catalpa wants to build a 4,980-sow piglet-producing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony. It would general over 7 million gallons of manure annually in a geologically porous area of southeastern Minnesota.

Around 400 people packed a community meeting last month to express concern over the impacts to groundwater and the odors.

The Land Stewardship Project and Responsible Agriculture in Karst Country organized a bus trip from the area to St. Paul on July 3 so residents could meet with Dayton and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials as the comment period on the initial environmental review closes.

The MPCA will decide if a full environmental impact statement is necessary.


Illinois meat supplier sending 1,200 jobs to New Mexico

An Illinois meat supplier has chosen New Mexico for its first out-of-state expansion, bringing more than 1,200 jobs to a border community.

Stampede Meat and Sunland Park city officials touted the expansion Friday, saying it will make the protein processing company one of the biggest manufacturers in the state.
Stampede says it is investing more than $36 million to take over a facility previously occupied by Tyson Foods.

Since Tyson left in 2015, city economic developers have been trying to remarket the site. Gov. Susana Martinez says the expansion will "bring new life and new jobs" to the community.