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USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Announcement During Week of 51st Anniversary of Law Protecting Animals in Research & Exhibition Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a trained veterinarian, prescribes a much-needed belly rub on Bring Your Dog to Work Day at USDA this week. (Washington, DC, August 23, 2017) – Marking the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to the law’s licensing requirements.  The

What is Dairy Revenue Protection?

What is Dairy Revenue Protection? by John Newton Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) is a concept plan of insurance, developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services and other collaborators which would allow dairy farmers to purchase risk management protection against declines in quarterly revenue from milk sales, i.e. unexpected declines in milk prices, unexpected declines in milk production, or both. Read More SaveSave

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

Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program

Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program   ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers. The voluntary survey, conducted by the FARM Program in conjunction with Colorado State University, probes producers’ knowledge of FARM and the value it provides to their operations. The results will help FARM’s Animal Care program better provide cooperatives and farmers with the

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

SHIC Works to Validate Methods to Monitor Feed for Swine Pathogens

SHIC Works to Validate Methods to Monitor Feed for Swine Pathogens   Ames, Iowa – The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) recently funded a study to be conducted by Kansas State University researchers to investigate using dust samples to monitor for swine pathogens in US feed mills. There is potential for the findings to lead to development of a diagnostic laboratory panel of assays where a single submitted swab of feed mill dust could be analyzed for multiple feed-based bacteria and viruses – a low-cost tool that could be used

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

Farm Credit East Releases Mid-year Credit Outlook

Farm Credit East Releases Mid-year Credit Outlook ENFIELD, CONN., TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017 – Farm Credit East recently released its mid-year Agricultural Credit Conditions report indicating net-farm income in its seven-state region is showing some improvement over the prior year, although it is projected to remain far below 2014’s peak. While several industries, including cash field crops and dairy, continue to deal with low prices, some improvement has occurred. The nursery and greenhouse industries are bright spots in the outlook. Overall U.S. agriculture, as well as that of the Northeast,

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,

Promote Dairy Education Programs in the 2017-18 School Year

Promote Dairy Education Programs in the 2017-18 School Year Discover Dairy and Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Registration Available for Educators   Harrisburg, Pa. – The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania has opened the 2017-18 school year enrollment for its dairy education programs, Discover Dairy and Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow, and encourages dairy producers and industry members to share information about both programs with local educators and curriculum advisors. These no-cost programs are designed for elementary, middle and high school educators that want to incorporate STEM-based education, as well

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.”

Trans Ova PA Satellites Locations Update!

Trans Ova PA Satellites Locations Update!   Trans Ova would like to highlight our Pennsylvania locations to clients in our system that have a Pennsylvania/bordering state address!  We are now serving at 2 locations in Pennsylvania!  Please see below for details and let us know if you have any questions whatsoever!   Klinedell Farms – next date: Tuesday, August 29th *typically on this week every 2 weeks but on Mondays* 610 S Ramona Rd. Myerstown, PA 17067 Client Service Rep: Nicole Brandenburg To schedule, contact the Maryland office at 240-329-0159

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

CWT Assists with 1.6 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales

CWT Assists with 1.6 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 11 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creamery, Dairy Farmers of America and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold). These cooperatives have contracts to sell 1.601 million pounds (726 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from August through November 2017. So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have

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