Alliance releases report from 2017 Animal Rights National Conference

Alliance releases report from 2017 Animal Rights National Conference Speakers focus on methods to pressure restaurant, retail and foodservice companies August 16, 2017 – The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report today detailing observations from the Animal Rights National Conference, held August 3-6 in Alexandria, Va. The event was hosted by the Farm Animal Rights Movement and sponsored by Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Humane League, along with other animal rights activist groups. According to conference organizers, nearly 2,000 individuals

Groundbreaking for New SD Animal Disease Research Laboratory

Groundbreaking for New SD Animal Disease Research Laboratory NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2017 Groundbreaking Aug. 31 for New SD Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory BROOKINGS, S.D. – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) in Brookings will be at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2017. Officials say the facility will both serve as the front line of defense in protecting South Dakota’s $7.3 billion livestock industry against diseases and provide important diagnostic information for the state’s wildlife and companion animals. “I’m very excited

Truman Frederick Graf’s obituary

MADISON—Truman Frederick Graf, a well-known Madisonian and internationally known Agricultural Economist, passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Attic Angel. He was born to Herbert and Rose Sell Graf on Sept. 18, 1922, in New Holstein, Wis., and grew up on a small dairy farm. Truman’s mother, Rose, died from injuries in a traffic accident when Truman was four, resulting in Truman being raised by his father and aunts. Electrification grids had not reached that part of Wisconsin when he was a child. The electricity came from running a

New VP Sales & Marketing NAFTA at HAMLET PROTEIN Inc.

New VP Sales & Marketing NAFTA at HAMLET PROTEIN Inc.   Bryan Horn has joined HAMLET PROTEIN Inc. in the position as VP Sales & Marketing for the NAFTA region. From the facilities in Findlay, Ohio, Bryan Horn will be responsible for developing HAMLET PROTEIN´s sales and customer service in the NAFTA region and to support the continued quest to deliver the company’s strategic goals in the high quality soy protein market within young animal nutrition.  Bryan Horn holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with emphasis on Animal Science

Fall Deadline for REAP is Approaching

Fall Deadline for REAP is Approaching Fall Round of REAP Grants Due October 31, 2017 Are you an Agricultural Producer or a Rural Small Business? Have you been considering renewable energy or energy efficient upgrades? The fall deadline is quickly approaching! Contact us today to get started on your application now! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants for the purchase, installation and construction of a renewable energy system or energy efficiency upgrades. REAP creates opportunities for economic development for rural

Using Drought-Stressed Corn for Silage

Using Drought-Stressed Corn for Silage   It is estimated that about 3 percent of the U.S. corn crop experienced drought conditions this year.1 If plants were stressed in the field, there will likely be challenges ensiling and feeding it too. “First off, nitrates can accumulate when corn is under drought stress, and high levels of nitrates can be harmful to animal health,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services – Forage, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “We can still produce good silage from drought-stressed corn as long as the crop is harvested correctly,

ImmuCell team expands

ImmuCell team expands Kathy Becher, Matt Scoville and Dale Miller join the ImmuCell family.   Portland, Maine – ImmuCell, a growing animal health company, announces the hiring of Kathy Becher, Matt Scoville and Dale Miller. These new faces join an innovative team focused on revolutionizing the animal health industry. “At ImmuCell, we’re focused on bringing unconventional solutions to dairy and beef producers,” says Bobbi Brockmann, vice president of sales and marketing with ImmuCell. “We’re excited to have these new team members on board to help us do

Why Farmers Should Have a Hedging Strategy

Why Farmers Should Have a Hedging Strategy   From hard work and early hours to inconsistent profits, farming is a challenging industry. Uncertainty riddles the dairy markets every season through increased feeding costs, harsh weather and low yields. One way dairy farmers can reduce some of the uncertainty and risk is to engage in hedging strategies.   How Hedging Helps Farmers Hedging can protect dairy farmers from unexpected, collapsing market prices. While it’s true that without an actively managed hedging strategy there is less of a chance of reaping in

How War With North Korea Would Impact the Global Commodity Trade

How War With North Korea Would Impact the Global Commodity Trade North Korea is an ant surrounded by elephants     Should U.S. President Donald Trump unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, it will bring conflict to the core of the global commodity trade. North Korea is an ant in the world of raw materials, as years of sanctions have more or less isolated it from international markets. But it’s an ant surrounded by elephants. China takes more than half the world’s soybean shipments. Japan is the world’s largest

Can Cloned Cows Cure Human Disease?

Can Cloned Cows Cure Human Disease? South Dakota has become an unlikely hotbed of medical research – by using genetically modified animals. Eddie Sullivan is returning to his laboratory roots in the sprawling Sanford research facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Now CEO of SAB Biotherapeutics, the man trained as a reproductive physiologist tours the pristine labs where his company clones cattle. The specialized cow embryos spend seven days here before being transferred into the womb of a surrogate cow, from which the transgenic calves will eventually emerge to look

Market Intel – 08/10/17

Market Intel – 08/10/17 Surprise, Another Big Corn and Soybean Crop On the Way by John Newton USDA’s August Crop Production report provides the first survey-based estimate of corn and soybean yields, harvested area and production for the U.S. The objective yield and farm operator surveys were conducted between July 25 and Aug. 8 to gather information on expected yields as of Aug. 1. Please note, crop condition data is not considered in the calculation of objective yields. Read More Market Intel – 08/10/17

Research and Education Facility Launched at Hy-Plains Feedyard

Research and Education Facility Launched at Hy-Plains Feedyard   Food animal production is both art and science involving multiple sectors and stakeholders. The art of applying common sense and well tested animal husbandry skills in sync with proven science and technology is creating a paradigm shift in protein production, specifically the cattle feeding sector. The Hy-Plains Education and Research Center located in Montezuma, Kansas, will officially open its doors on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, hosting customers and invited guests to hear industry leaders. The panel representing all production sectors, will

Say No To FOMO

Say No To FOMO Say No To FOMO! – Jason Rowntree View this email in your browser The Cutting-Edge Grassfed Conference Early Bird Registration Extended Through August 15th! Say No To FOMO! A Message Jason Rowntree Chair, Grassfed Exchange Are you ready? The 2017 New York Grassfed Exchange: Regenerate our Future is upon us. Our board has worked endlessly to secure well over $100,000 in cash and food donations; double the support of any conference in our past. We have top-flight farm tours scheduled, a Thursday program oriented to the

Urban Wisconsin teacher wins Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award

Urban Wisconsin teacher wins Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award $2,000 donation will help recipient grow school’s agriculture program   Chilton, Wis. – Milk Products, maker of Sav-A-Caf® products, is excited to announce the inaugural Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award recipient: Monica Gahan, animal science pathway teacher and FFA advisor at Vincent High School in Milwaukee, Wis. The Sav-A-Caf® Youth Impact Award annually recognizes one community leader who inspires youth to be passionate about animal agriculture. “Gahan’s work of bringing agriculture to the urban classroom is instrumental in helping shape

MONSANTO ISSUES AN OPEN LETTER TO ITS FARMER-CUSTOMERS

MONSANTO ISSUES AN OPEN LETTER TO ITS FARMER-CUSTOMERS Aug. 4, 2017 Source: blog by Dr. Robb Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Farmers are the heart and soul of our company. Our mission is to discover and develop innovative new products to help you achieve better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way. Your success is our success, and we are committed to supporting you at every stage of the season-every year. You told us you needed additional tools to combat tough-to-control weeds. We responded by developing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend

New Alfalfa Checkoff Funds Nine Research Projects

  New Alfalfa Checkoff Funds Nine Research Projects NAFA Distributes more than $300,000 to Address Industry Priorities  Nine researchers were the beneficiaries of the first-ever U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI), a farmer-funded investment in alfalfa-related research. “We are extremely pleased with the response to our inaugural request for proposals and the results of our first round of checkoff funding,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “We concentrated funding on projects we believe will have a beneficial economic impact on alfalfa farmers across the country.” Better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff,

Increase in Trade Funding leads Farm Bill Listening Session

Increase in Trade Funding leads Farm Bill Listening Session   California was host to a farm bill listening session on Saturday, August 5 in Modesto at the Modesto Junior College Ag Pavilion. The House Committee on Agriculture has labeled the sessions “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field”……..       READ MORE Source: Increase in Trade Funding leads Farm Bill Listening Session | AgNet West – California Agriculture News SaveSave

National Soil Health Measurements to Accelerate Agricultural Transformation

National Soil Health Measurements to Accelerate Agricultural Transformation Soil Health Institute Endorses 19 Soil Health Measurements after 3 Years of Collaboration RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, Aug. 7, 2017 – For scientists, farmers and ag policy makers, one nagging question has yet to be completely “unearthed:” Just how healthy (or unhealthy) are the nation’s soils? “We can’t really know the answer to that question until we have a set of common soil health measurements that scientists and farmers can compare and track over time,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, CEO of the

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America

Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America After the U.S. pullout of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, other nations launch 27 separate negotiations to undercut U.S. exporters. By ADAM BEHSUDI EAGLE GROVE, Iowa—On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…….  

Register Now for AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference

Register Now for AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 7, 2017 — Registration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 2-4. Hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, this year’s conference will bring together equipment designers, builders and installers from across the United States who will focus on assessing risk management in the feed industry. “This event has brought leaders in equipment manufacturing together for more than two decades,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA director of feed

Farm Credit East Celebrates NE AG During National Farmers’ Market Week

Farm Credit East Celebrates NE AG During National Farmers’ Market Week ENFIELD, CONN., FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 — Farm Credit East celebrates the bounty of farm fresh produce available in the Northeast during National Farmers’ Market Week, which will take place August 6 through 12. Farm Credit East encourages consumers to show their support of the agriculture community by continuing to purchase from local farmers’ markets and roadside stands. This is the time of year when local fruits, vegetables and other farm products are in abundance in the Northeast, and

Antimicrobial Resistance: What a Beef Producer Should Know

Antimicrobial Resistance: What a Beef Producer Should Know Thu, Aug 10, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT This short webinar features one of the best in the beef industry; Dr. Bob Smith, DVM, who will lead dialogue around: -Current state of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). -Human Health–What’s being done to combat AMR? -Three areas of focus for beef producers to combat AMR. -Sharing best practices in engaging around antibiotic stewardship with those outside of the beef community. Click here to Register -Source: Registration SaveSave SaveSave

6,600 NZ dairy cows en route to China aboard world’s largest livestock ship

6,600 NZ dairy cows en route to China aboard world’s largest livestock ship Approximately 6,600 dairy cows from New Zealand are currently en route to China aboard the world’s largest livestock carrier. Around 6,600 dairy cows from New Zealand are currently en route to China aboard the world’s largest livestock carrier, the Ocean Drover. The 176m long vessel collected the first half of its cargo at Timaru port in New Zealand’s southern island, before travelling north to Napier port to collect the remaining cows……….   READ MORE Source: 6,600 NZ dairy cows

US ag secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’ 

US ag secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’   U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that he considers the United States’ current farm-visa program to be “unworkable” but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks that begin next month. Many U.S. farms depend on temporary agricultural workers who enter on special visas, but there have been complaints about red tape, delays and limits on the program………   READ MORE Source: US ag secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’ – ABC News

Statement Regarding Japan’s Planned Increase of Tariff on U.S. Frozen Beef

Statement Regarding Japan’s Planned Increase of Tariff on U.S. Frozen Beef WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 – The government of Japan has announced that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase to Japan’s tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the United States.  The increase, from 38.5 percent to 50 percent, will begin August 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018.  The tariff would affect only exporters from countries,

New Beef WISE Study

New Beef WISE Study New research shows lean beef can help people lose weight while maintaining lean muscle and supporting a healthy heart New research published in Obesity Science & Practice shows that lean beef, as part of a healthy and higher-protein diet, can help people lose weight while maintaining muscle and a healthy heart.  “The Beef WISE Study: Beef’s Role in Weight Improvement, Satisfaction, and Energy,” conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center with a research grant from the beef checkoff, adds to the growing body of

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SDUSDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Drought-Stricken MT, ND and SD WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions – indicated as categories D2 and D3 on the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Due to reduced availability of forage, ranchers in the hardest hit locations have already been culling their herds,” said

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China (Washington, D.C., June 12, 2017) – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003.  These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Secretary Mnuchin for the United States

Dubbo’s 4150 big yarding has cows/calves topping at $2040

Dubbo’s 4150 big yarding has cows/calves topping at $2040 The largest store cattle yarding of 4150 head this year included some 2000 Santa Gertrudis and their crosses, a dispersal of the Pentdale Nominees herd, Quambone. – Video. Dubbo’s 4150 big yarding has cows/calves topping at $2040 BREEDERS and future breeders sold up to their values while steers were a fraction easier at the Dubbo store cattle sale last Friday which yarded the biggest number of 4150 head so far this year attracting possibly the largest crowd of buyers and spectators