Where Do You Prefer to Get Your Farm News?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How can technology make farming even better?”

We all seem to have a different opinion on what type of farming technology would be the most beneficial. Right now I am leaning towards weather control. It would be nice to simply click a button when we need some rain. I still believe that is a little farfetched. However, I know we will all be seeing drones and robots in our near future.

Here are the poll results:

  • Remote control tractors – 15%
  • Drone crop management – 22%
  • Robot livestock feeders – 19%
  • Remote crop & livestock sensors – 15%
  • Weather control – 15%
  • Can’t imagine it yet – 7%
  • Other – 7%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, I prefer to get my farm news from:

In this day and age we can get news at the drop of the hat. It is pretty much everywhere we look. But we all have our preferred source for the latest news in the agriculture community. Let us know where you prefer to get your farming news.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Advances Investigation of HSUS

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Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 9.52.25 AMHumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, applauded Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for moving forward with his investigation into the deceptive fundraising of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Pruitt stated in a radio interview last week that his office has issued subpoenas to HSUS and an HSUS vendor, direct-mail firm Quadriga Art, in light of the latter’s $25 million settlement with the New York Attorney General earlier this month. Quadriga had been accused of raising money on behalf of a veterans charity and keeping almost all of the millions raised.

Earlier this year, Pruitt issued a public “consumer alert” regarding the fundraising of national animal charities. Will Coggin, senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, issued the following statement on the recent development:

Attorney General Pruitt deserves the public’s gratitude for doggedly pursuing the Humane Society of the United States’ fundraising practices and use of donor money. Despite common misconception, HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies. Just as Quadriga Art has reportedly kept most of the money raised on behalf of veterans and animal charities, HSUS only gives 1 percent of the money it raises—largely with images of cats and dogs—to local pet shelters. HSUS’s own CEO has admitted that confusion exists among donors and the public. The Humane Society of the United States needs to be given a short leash and held accountable, and needs to clearly disclose to its donors how their money is being used.

In May, HSUS settled a federal racketeering and bribery lawsuit for up to $15.75 million, and in June, Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, revoked its rating of HSUS and issued a “Donor Advisory” against the group.

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Utilize Second Crop to Meet Your Nutrient Needs

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Second_Crop_F_aJohn Klein, Corn Replacement Feed & Forage Products Business Manager for ADM had a chance to visit with Chuck the other day about one of the products they offer called ADM Second Crop. The title was given to a process they created for treating crop residue.

“It got the title Second Crop because after harvesting your grain you come in and bale up your corn stalks, wheat straw or other non-legume forage. We work with the local commercial sub-grinders and producer to set up a day to bring the equipment out and actually treat the corn stalks or wheat straw turning it into a better quality feed.”

ADM has really focused on making the process as efficient as it can possible be. This has allowed them to keep their cost down and get a lot done in one day. John said the most they have treated in one day is a 1,000 ton of wet feed at 50% moisture.

The ideal situation is to be set up to deliver directly to the tub grinder as the forage comes off the field. As it is being ground, ADM is there are treating it. There are many different ways you can handle the end product but it must be packed and stored in a anaerobic space.

John also goes on to share how cost effective this process is for producers. Depending on what type of operation you are running, he said you could replace 7%-80% of your animals intake by using this treated residue. Other ADM additives are also out there to up supplement a producers nutrient needs, like minerals that are made specifically for Second Crop users.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with John here: Interview with John Klein, ADM

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Deadline for World Forage Analysis Superbowl Approaches

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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.43.26 PMThe entry deadlines this year’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl is quickly approaching. The entry deadline for the standard and brown midrib corn silage is Thursday, August 14. The deadline for all other forage samples including dairy hay, haylage, bagelage, commercial hay and grass hay is Thursday, September 4. The official entry form and contest rules can be found at foragesuperbowl.org or by calling 920-336-4521. The cost to enter is $25 per sample and includes complete nutritional analysis of forage samples.

Over $22,000 in cash prizes will be awarded during the Mycogen Seeds Forage Superbowl Luncheon on Wednesday, October 1, including $1,500 for each category winner and quality counts award in silage and hay/haylage. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to the Grand Champion Forage, First-Time Entrant winner and second through fourth places in each category.

All winning entries will be on display in the Arena Building at World Dairy Expo. Finalists will be notified in September and invited to attend the Mycogen Seeds Forage Superbowl Awards Luncheon in Madison, Wis.

Cash awards are made possible thanks to generous sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor, Mycogen Seeds. Additional sponsors include Ag-Bag, Agri-King, Barenbrug USA, Blue River Hybrids, CROPLAN by Winield, Kemin, Kuhn North America, National Hay Association, NEXGROW alfalfa and W-L Research.

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl is organized in partnership with Dairyland Laboratories, Inc., DairyBusiness Communications, Hay & Forage Grower, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and World Dairy Expo.

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The Revolution of Precision Nutrition

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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 1.16.38 PMChuck recently spoke to ADM’s Jeff Hill about their product AMPT which is revolutionizing mineral nutrition.

“AMPT is a new range cow free choice mineral. As the acronym implies AMPT stands for Advanced Mineral Performance Technologies. We took a very specific approach trying to target just the nutrients that the animal needs at the right levels and also enhance it with the most current technology out there.”

Trying to keep it as simple as possible, ADM has provided a diverse line of products that will meet the needs of many different farming and ranching operations. The line includes four base products: AMPT-A, AMPT-M, AMPT-P and AMPT-T.

AMPT-A is a basic entry level product and is the mineral of choice for cattle grazing wheat pasture or other high quality forages.

AMPT-M is filled with a higher lever of magnesium for protection against grass tetany or other situations requiring additional magnesium.

AMPT-P supplies extra fortification along with a boost of phosphorus content, CitriStim, natural source of vitamin E and selenium yeast. It is great for before and after calving, during breeding season or during any stressful situation.

AMPT-T is for producers only wanting to use one mineral year-round. It includes a natural-source of vitamin E and botanical extract enhancing stress resistance and rumen function. Endo-Fighter and low salt formulas are also available.

Jeff says they target a 4oz. intake and they were able to accomplish this by not putting in anything that simply didn’t need to be there. He says AMPT has “everything you need and nothing that you don’t.”

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Jeff here: Interview with Jeff Hill, ADM

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New Holland Pavilion Update

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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.16.26 AMWorld Dairy Expo wants to be sure to keep everyone updated on the building progress of the New Holland Pavilions at Alliant Energy Center. The project is on schedule.

Visit the New Holland Pavilion Progress newsletter to see the latest photos and project updates.

At the beginning of July Pavilion 1 stood out with it’s green exterior drywall and the roof on Pavilion 2 was complete, but lights were yet to be installed.

By the end of July the exterior on Pavilion 1 had 68,000 lbs. of block facing. The floors were also poured in Pavilion 1 and Pavilion 2 finally got some lighting.

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Meredith Promoted to VP of Communications & Membership

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Emily MeredithThe Animal Agriculture Alliance is pleased to announce the promotion of Emily Meredith to Vice President of Communications and Membership. In this position, Emily will assume a greater management role over the communications and membership outreach strategies for the Alliance, with direct management of the Alliance’s Membership and Marketing Manager, Special Projects Manager and internship program.

Emily joined the Alliance in December 2012 as the Director of Communications and quickly took on the challenge of wearing multiple hats. Given that the primary role of the Animal Agriculture Alliance centers on communications, many of the Alliance’s programs and initiatives require coordination of communications efforts among broader stakeholder groups in order to provide a unified voice for animal agriculture.

“Emily accepted that challenge immediately and has made many valuable contributions advancing the Alliance, as well as the broader animal agriculture community,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance President and CEO. “Emily has demonstrated her leadership skills, the ability to strategically multi-task and provide a passionate and smart voice for animal agriculture over and over in her short tenure with the Alliance.”

Emily has led many coalition efforts, including agriculture’s proactive response to the re-release of the Pew Commission Report. She managed a major overhaul of the Alliance’s website, creating the redesign almost single-handedly. She developed the program and marketing plan for the Alliance’s 2014 Stakeholders Summit “Cracking the Millennial Code,” leading to the Alliance’s best-attended and most successful event to date. Emily has also provided a powerful voice for animal agriculture in national media venues including CNN, NPR and The Daly Show with Jon Stewart. And in addition to the regular blogs she authors for Meatingplace.com, Pork Network, Progressive Cattleman and Progressive Dairyman, Emily is a sought after speaker by industry and government organizations for their various conferences and events.

Last year, Emily was recognized among the inaugural recipients of Vance Publishing’s prestigious “40 Under 40 Award”, and most recently led the way for the Alliance to receive a Merit Award in the “Tactics Division – Collateral/Literature” by the Agricultural Relations Council.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Emily worked in the communications division of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the office of the New York State Attorney General. She earned her J.D., with a concentration in food and drug law, from Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey, and her B.A. in International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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Zoetis Brings On-Farm Diagnostic Tests to Dairies in China

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pfizerZoetis Inc. announced the introduction of on-farm cattle health screening tests for the dairy industry in China. These tests will enable China’s dairy farmers and veterinarians to rapidly screen cattle on the farm for sub-clinical mastitis and ketosis, two of the leading causes of lost production and poor milk quality in China. Test results will be available within five minutes, providing a quick, convenient tool to rapidly detect early signs of sub-clinical disease and help veterinarians and farmers better monitor and protect the health of dairy cows.

“In China, the incidence of sub-clinical mastitis and ketosis is about 10 to 30 percent with as many as 1.5 million milking cows at risk of these illnesses,” said Qing Wang, general manager, Zoetis in China. “Zoetis is committed to helping dairy farmers and veterinarians improve herd health and operational profit by providing a holistic solution that includes diagnostic testing and early intervention. I expect the new test kits will fill gaps in current technical protocols and benefit Chinese dairy farmers.”

The test kits, which have been used in the United States and Europe for several years, are manufactured by and imported from PortaCheck, Inc. The company, headquartered in Moorestown, New Jersey, USA, develops and markets portable testing devices for the dairy industry. Zoetis completed a supply and distribution partnership agreement in China with PortaCheck, Inc.

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Advanced Animal Diagnostics New Hire

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Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 10.41.07 AMAdvanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD) has hired Allen Moczygemba as vice president of marketing. Moczygemba will guide the company’s marketing strategies and collaborate on its growth plans.

“Allen is joining us at an opportune time as we expand our QScout® line of on-farm diagnostic tests to livestock producers,” says AAD President and CEO Joy Parr Drach. “Allen will build relationships within the dairy and beef markets, evaluate customer needs and feedback, and create new opportunities for company growth and product evolution.”

Last fall the company unveiled its QScout MLD test for early mastitis detection in dairy cows, establishing an entirely new category of dairy diagnostics. Moczygemba will guide AAD’s growth in the dairy segment and will also oversee the introduction of the QScout BLD test for beef cattle, which will provide a rapid chute-side diagnosis of calf health. The quick triage will allow producers to develop informed interventions for each individual animal, resulting in improved animal health and more efficient use of animal health products.

His career experiences include managing Farm Journal Media’s livestock publications and, most recently, leading strategic efforts as marketing director for Zoetis’ beef segment. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.

Moczygemba has served on a number of industry boards including the National Agri-Marketing Association, Dallas Agri-Food Council, U.S. Canola Board of Directors, Livestock Publications Council and World Dairy Expo. His family continues to operate a commercial cow-calf operation in south Texas.

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Sportsman Channel Unleashes a Full Week of “Aporkalypse 2014”

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Sportsman ChannelWhen Brian “Pigman” Quaca decides to contribute to the eradication of the exploding feral hog population – few experts are better equipped. Beginning Monday, August 4 at 7 p.m. ET, Sportsman Channel returns with a full-week of the award-winning programming stunt – Aporkalypse 2014. The entire week of expanded hog eradication takes a deep dive into the many issues associated with the feral hog epidemic.

“When we came up with this concept, I’m not going to lie – I thought the level of danger was beyond ridiculous,” admitted Quaca. “It wasn’t about the body count…we conquered that fascination in 2012 and 2013. It was about the challenge of trying to show viewers a unique level of shooting difficulty, all while creating a slight level of in-show anxiety. It was crazy…period.”

The endless battle against feral hogs in the United States begins in Texas. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, there is an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas. The average litter size is four to six with the capability of producing up to 12 (two litters per year). Feral hogs cause damage in many forms including: the death of livestock and wildlife, indirect destruction of habitat and agriculture commodities, forestry destruction and devastation of crops and fields as a result of the rooting and trampling activity associated with foraging for food. According to USA Today, feral hogs cause an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year.

Aporkalypse 2014 leads into the anticipated premiere of Pigman: The Series (“Aparalypse”) on Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Here’s a sneak peak:


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