NMC unveils membership video

NMC unveils membership video Membership marketing tool to make its debut in China NEW PRAGUE, MN – National Mastitis Council (NMC) developed a promotional membership recruitment video that touts the organization’s diversity, outreach, scope and value. The video will be introduced at the International Bovine Mastitis Conference in Beijing, Aug. 25-27. “We’ve always believed that membership diversity is our greatest strength,” said NMC Executive Director Den Gardner. “But it’s more than diversity of member type – veterinarians, university researchers, industry experts and producers, for example. As NMC works to expand

Multitude of Factors Impact US-Australia Competition in Japan

Multitude of Factors Impact US-Australia Competition in Japan by Katelyn McCullock In the wake of the Japanese safeguard tariff on U.S. frozen beef, discussions have focused on the relative change in tariff values that impact frozen beef. For those of you who may have missed it, Japan, beginning on August 1 temporarily increased the U.S. tariff on frozen beef imports from 38.5 percent to 50 percent until the end of the Japan’s fiscal year (March 31). Safeguard tariffs are implemented when the import volume exceeds a predetermined threshold. Read More SaveSaveSaveSave

CALIFORNIA DAIRY FAMILIES TELL THE REAL PEOPLE STORY OF CALIFORNIA MILK

CALIFORNIA DAIRY FAMILIES TELL THE REAL PEOPLE STORY OF CALIFORNIA MILK “California Dairy Stories” videos further connect consumers with family farmers behind the Real California Milk seal   TRACY, Calif. (August 17, 2017) – Family, hard work and responsibility are all key themes that come through in “California Dairy Stories”, a new social media series launched today by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The series, which captures short day-in-the-life moments from real California dairy families, was created to continue to connect consumers with the real people behind the Real

Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships

Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships by Tom Vilsack, August 16, 2017 With the first round of NAFTA talks beginning today, it’s wise to consider the value of business goodwill flowing across borders. Read Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships SaveSave

PRO-DAIRY e-Leader: August 2017

PRO-DAIRY e-Leader: August 2017   e-Leader   August 2017  In this issue: Greatly Improved Nutrient Efficiency Demonstrates New York Dairy Farmers’ Environmental Stewardship Participate in a DFBS Follow-Up Study 2017 Summer Research Update Sign Up for the NYS Fair Dairy Cow Birthing Center State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit for Agriculture Save the Date! Greatly Improved Nutrient Efficiency Demonstrates New York Dairy Farmers’ Environmental Stewardship By: Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY A recent study published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (“Upper Susquehanna watershed and New York State improvements in

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

Dairy Farmers Host Free ACE Meetings & Tours for the Public

Dairy Farmers Host Free ACE Meetings & Tours for the Public Events at four Wis. farms Aug. 28, 29, 30, 31 provide discussion about farming practices, protecting land resources and building rural communities.   DAIRY NEWS – Four Wisconsin dairy farm families open their farms to the public for a free guided tour, ice cream, and an evening of discussion focused on working to strengthen the state’s rural communities. The series of ACE (Agricultural Community Engagement®) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings, August 28, 29, 30 and 31, are free and open to

Mark Your Calendars for Women in Dairy Conference

Mark Your Calendars for Women in Dairy Conference Mark your calendars now for the Women in Dairy Conference scheduled for November 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA. This women-specific conference, organized by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, is planned and carried out by women leaders in the industry. It is an opportunity for networking with others involved in dairy, and offers workshops and speakers to enlighten and uplift. A pre-conference reception will be held on Tuesday evening,

August ‘PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS’ CALL TO BE HELD

August ‘PROTECTING YOUR PROFITS’ CALL TO BE HELD Zepp to Review Market Fundamentals at Noon on August 23   Harrisburg, Pa. – The Center for Dairy Excellence’s monthly “Protecting Your Profits” call will be held Wednesday, August 23, at noon. The call will be led by Alan Zepp, risk management program manager with the Center. “Futures markets for milk and grains have exploded up and fallen down recently, resulting in expected margins for the rest of 2017 that are slightly higher than they were a month ago,” Zepp said. Join the Center

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

Win a Free Pair of Quatro Boots

Win a Free Pair of Quatro Boots Take the “Find Your Best Boot” Quiz by November 20   Dairy producers now have a chance to win a free Quatro Boots valued at $200. To enter, complete a short quiz here to find your best boot. “There are many styles of Quatro Boots to help dairy producers work more comfortably throughout the day,” said Paul Randall, Manager of Quatro Boots’ parent company Skellerup Footwear USA. “This quiz gives producers a chance to find the right Quatro Boots for their work conditions.”

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

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

Comments from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

Comments from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:   ARLINGTON, VA – “In her speech to Parliament today, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland seems to want it both ways – free trade with the United States in areas where Canada is competitive, but high protectionist walls when it comes to keeping out U.S. dairy imports. Moreover, Minister Freeland’s comments Monday about the dairy trade elements of the upcoming NAFTA talks are completely misleading. “For too long, Canada has relied on government controls

Ralco Launches Anchor for Silage Powered by Microbial Catalyst® Technology

Ralco Launches Anchor for Silage Powered by Microbial Catalyst® Technology   BALATON, Minn. — Aug. 15, 2017 — Agnition, a brand of Ralco, announced today that it is launching Anchor™ for Silage, a state-of-the-art inoculant blend, powered by patented Microbial Catalyst® technology that rapidly lowers pH levels and locks-in nutrients. Enhanced forage preservation of silage, haylage or high-moisture grain results in less dry matter loss, reduced heating and superior livestock performance. Anchor™ for Silage incorporates a unique blend of beneficial bacteria that work together like a relay team to drive

NMC heads to Tucson, Arizona, for its annual meeting

NMC heads to Tucson, Arizona, for its annual meeting Milk quality experts to meet January 31-February 2 NEW PRAGUE, MN – Mark your calendar for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) 57th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018, at the Hilton El Conquistador. Please note that this year’s meeting runs Wednesday through Friday, rather than the previous schedule of Sunday through Tuesday. The program will feature “Mastitis and Milk Quality – the Five Point Plan Revisited.” Prior to the NMC annual meeting, the group will offer a dairy

Wisconsin Holstein 31st Annual Futurity Show

Wisconsin Holstein 31st Annual Futurity Show Baraboo, WI – August 14, 2017 – Twelve bovine beauties graced the shavings at the Wisconsin State Fair Park on Saturday, August 12th to compete for the title of first place in the 31st Annual Wisconsin Holstein Futurity. Judging this prestigious event was Jerome Meyer of Sun Prairie, Wis. In this nontraditional show, the animals are entered three years prior to the show and only the best of the entries compete for the coveted title. This year the prestigious title was captured by Ryan-Vu

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

Rabobank creates scholarships in memory of Tony DeGroot

Rabobank creates scholarships in memory of Tony DeGroot (August 10, 2017) — The Ag One Foundation announced the creation of two Fresno State student scholarships sponsored by Rabobank N.A. in memory of Tony DeGroot, one of the area’s most respected and innovative dairy farmers. Each scholarship will provide one year’s full tuition and a $500 book stipend for a student in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. DeGroot passed away at age 80 in September 2015 in a plane accident while on a fishing trip

Farm Credit East and CoBank to Improve Food Access for NYC Communities

Farm Credit East and CoBank to Improve Food Access for NYC Communities   ENFIELD, CONN., THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017 — Farm Credit East and CoBank announced a joint contribution of $40,000 to GrowNYC to support its work with Northeast farmers. Farm Credit East provided $20,000 towards this program, which CoBank matched dollar for dollar. The funds will support Greenmarket Co.’s programs, such as the Fresh Food Box program initiative that allows underserved communities to purchase regionally-grown produce below traditional retail prices.    “GrowNYC is grateful for the support of Farm

Brancel Applauds FDA Action on Ultrafiltered Milk

Brancel Applauds FDA Action on Ultrafiltered Milk Contact: Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020,[email protected] Madison – FDA today released a guidance document announcing it will exercise enforcement discretion on the use and labeling of ultrafiltered milk. FDA says its action is intended to lessen the impact of recent trade policy changes in Canada that caused oversupply and pricing challenges in parts of the US, including Wisconsin and New York. “We appreciate the administration’s continued focus on the Wisconsin dairy industry,” said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. “Today’s action will open up US markets

KEENAN establishes strong support presence in the Midwest

KEENAN establishes strong support presence in the Midwest New service outlet network underlines KEENAN’s commitment to farmers “Never Missing a Feed” – Noted Irish diet feeder manufacturer KEENAN has been building an impressive presence in North America since it was acquired by global nutrition company Alltech in spring 2016. With a new dealer and service network that includes four retail operations throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota, its support of U.S. farmers is gaining further strength. Unique in the rumen friendly mix it produces, KEENAN

+2700 GTPI Bulls at IPS

+2700 GTPI Bulls at IPS   ROCK SPRINGS, WISC. – Following the release of the August sire summaries, International Protein Sires unveiled an excellent group of supreme genomic tested bulls, all over +2700 GTPI. “We are pleased to announce the latest information on our genomic tested young sires, six of which exceed +2700 GTPI. Several of our mainline sires made substantial genetic gains; however the new releases exhibit even more superior numbers. With the passing of each sire summary, the IPS lineup gains prestige; sire performance that dairy farmers depend

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

SEMEX’S IMMUNITY+™: THE CHOICE FOR STRATEGIC HERD HEALTH IMPROVEMENT GLOBALLY

SEMEX’S IMMUNITY+™: THE CHOICE FOR STRATEGIC HERD HEALTH IMPROVEMENT GLOBALLY Guelph, Ontario – Semex’s Immunity+™ sires deliver a healthier herd through lowered mastitis, less lameness and less mortality. Exclusive to Semex, these sires offer the only genetic solution to herd health and are quickly becoming the choice for strategic herd health improvement globally. “Long ago we recognized the need to help our clients breed a healthier herd,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. “Since December 2012 our Immunity+ lineup has offered the world’s only option to genetically improve

Farmers play by the rules. The DNR should too.

Farmers play by the rules. The DNR should too.   By Mike North, president of the Dairy Business Association The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) articulates its vision this way: “We excel at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry.” What’s missing is “while working within the law.” On July 31 — with frustrations, uncertainty and costs mounting among our dairy farmers around the state — the Dairy Business Association filed a suit to bring the law back to life for

AFIA Praises FDA For Pushing FSMA Compliance Inspections to Fall 2018

AFIA Praises FDA For Pushing FSMA Compliance Inspections to Fall 2018 ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 11, 2017 – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) commends the Food and Drug Administration for announcing that it has effectively delayed inspections for animal food facilities to be in compliance with some parts of the animal food rule within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) until fall 2018. Dr. Steve Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, told an audience of roughly 400 industry officials participating in the Association of American Feed Control Officials’

Natalie Ayers Crowned 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen

mostatefair.com Natalie Ayers Crowned 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen Miss Natalie Ayers from Green City was named the 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 10. Miss Ayers received the highest score of 49 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Miss Ayers will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year. Miss Ayers is 19-years-old and studies Science and Agricultural Journalism at the

Contact Your Representatives! Plus: Young Farmer Mentorship Program

Contact Your Representatives! Plus: Young Farmer Mentorship Program NFU E-News Issue 335 ~ August 10, 2017 Featured Congress is in Recess – Make Your Voice Heard! The August congressional recess is upon us, and elected officials are back in their home districts and states spending time with their constituents. Now is the time to speak up and make your voice heard. Call and set up meetings with your elected officials while they are home and attend town hall meetings. There are a number of legislative priorities for family farmers, ranchers and

Northeast Dairy Association, Inc. College Scholarship Winners Announced

Northeast Dairy Association, Inc. College Scholarship Winners Announced $16,000 awarded to college students in 2017 On July 18th, the Northeast Dairy Association, Inc. headquartered in N. Syracuse, New York announced the list of college scholarship winners for 2017. Applicants for the scholarships are required to be affiliated as direct family of association company members or have student membership. A total of $16,000 in scholarships was awarded to 11 college students. Five scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to students in dairy or food science related majors. Six $1,000 scholarships were

2017 NY AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AWARD WINNER

2017 NY AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AWARD WINNER Third Generation Farm Honored for Environmental Stewardship Efforts State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today congratulated Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm, located in Perry, Wyoming County, as the recipient of the 2017 Agricultural Environmental Management Award.  Each year, the award honors the outstanding efforts of a New York State farm to protect and preserve soil and water quality. Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Congratulations to the Dueppengiesser Farm on receiving the Agricultural Environmental Management Award. This family-run farm has long worked with the Wyoming

Biochar shows benefits as manure lagoon cover

Biochar shows benefits as manure lagoon cover   A mission for fewer emissions   Manure is a reality in raising farm animals. Manure can be a useful fertilizer, returning valued nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil for plant growth. But manure has problems. Odor offensiveness, gas emissions, nutrient runoff, and possible water pollution are just a few. Timing is also a problem. Livestock produce manure 24/7 – even when it is impractical or unwise to move it to the field. Delivering manure to the field needs to be timed

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

New Generation Genetics Bulls Lead the Way after August Proofs

New Generation Genetics Bulls Lead the Way after August Proofs   FORT ATKINSON, WIS. (August 9, 2017)—Following the release of the August 2017 genetic evaluations, bulls from New Generation Genetics proven and genomic bulls ranked at or near the top for Milk, Components, Type, Udder Composite, Mobility, Fertility, DPR, Productive Life, NM$, PPR, & Profit. 54BS509 Shiloh Brookings CADENCE ET *TM continues to shine as the #1 PPR proven bull and #2 for NM$. His proof increased once again and is +1.1 type +1.37 UDC 223 PPR +1319m +55f +.01%

PRODUCER, INDUSTRY STUDY HIGHLIGHT DAIRY FINANCIAL CONFERENCE

PRODUCER, INDUSTRY STUDY HIGHLIGHT DAIRY FINANCIAL CONFERENCE Conference Includes Insight from Rob Barley, Star Rock Farms   Harrisburg, Pa. – Wednesday, September 6, is the deadline to register for the 2017 Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference, being held Wednesday, September 13, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Central Penn Conference Center, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale, Pa. This event is hosted annually by the Center for Dairy Excellence. Now in its eighth year, this dynamic one-day conference offers cutting edge information to the agricultural financial community on changing

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,

Wendon Holsteins named McKown Master Breeder

Wendon Holsteins named McKown Master Breeder   The ninth annual Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award will be awarded to Wendon Holsteins of Innisfail, Alberta, Canada. This honor will be presented at the 51st World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The prestigious award recognizes a well-managed breeder and herd that has been successful at showing and judging, and it emphasizes all qualities of the Klussendorf Award, including ability, character, endeavor, and sportsmanship. Established in 1976, Don and Wendy Chalack combined their interests and passions to form their prestigious herd featuring