NCBA’s Beltway Beef Weekly Audio

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Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 12.53.15 PMThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Beltway Beef is a weekly commentary featuring NCBA members, leaders, staff and more week after week.

This week we hear from Colin Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, is here. He discusses the recent developments surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Waters of The United States rule.

Listen to this week’s Beltway Beef audio here: Beltway Beef Audio

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, NCBA

WMMB Takes American Cheese Society Competition

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wmmbWisconsin Milk Marketing Board continued its long-standing American Cheese Society winning streak at the annual competition in Providence, Rhode Island. They captured more awards than any other state for the eleventh consecutive year. This year’s competition garnered 101 ribbons for America’s Dairyland, including two Best of Show awards.

Wisconsin cheesemakers, along with the state’s butter and yogurt makers, claimed 28 percent of all awards bestowed, including 22 first place ribbons, 39 second place and 38 third place. With these wins, Wisconsin cheesemakers swept five categories: American Originals – Brick Cheese; American Originals Original Recipe – Open Category; Italian Type Cheeses – Grating Types; Flavored Cheeses – International-Style with Flavor Added; and Flavored Cheeses – Sheep Cheese with Flavor Added. Wisconsin cheesemakers also dominated the awards for cow’s milk cheeses, winning 33 percent of all awards with 77 total ribbons.

Two Wisconsin cheesemakers tied for a second place Best of Show. Cheesemaker Katie Fuhrmann and the team at LaClare Farms Specialties, LLC won for their Standard Market Cave Aged Chandoka, and Emmi Roth USA took home the award for their Roth’s Private Reserve.

Thirty-one Wisconsin companies received one or more awards at the competition, and several Wisconsin cheesemakers had outstanding performances, including Hidden Springs Creamery and Lactalis American Group, each claiming nine ribbons, Klondike Cheese Co., winning eight ribbons, and six companies brought home five ribbons each: Emmi Roth USA, Arthur Schuman Inc., Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc., and Sartori Company.

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Alltech Webinar on Mycotoxins in Summer Months

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alltechAlltech will be hosting a webinar titled,”Walking the Fields.” Join Dr. Max Hawkins, nutritionist, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Team, as he presents the latest information on the summer crop outlook and pre-harvest conditions.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 1pm ET. To reserve a spot for the webinar, register here.

Summer weather conditions across North America have had a significant impact on crop status. Mycotoxins produced by molds flourish when environmental conditions are favorable and plants undergo stress such as flooding, extreme temperatures or insect damage.

Through continued monitoring of variable weather conditions, walking the fields and the assistance of Alltech’s 37+® mycotoxin analysis, the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team has monitored and assessed the crop outlook and mycotoxin contamination that may pose challenges to livestock.

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Alltech Invests in #AgMedia

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Nicole Lane Alltech believes that the leaders of tomorrow are worth investing in today, which is why they celebrated their third year of sponsoring the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Forrest Bassford Student Award at the 2015 Ag Media Summit. The award honors excellence, professionalism and leadership among students. Each year, following a competitive application process, the LPC Student Award Program presents four young people travel scholarships to attend AMS.

“We’re really happy to be a part of it,” says representative Danielle Palmer, “It’s such a great thing to be a part of. We always get to talk with the students, with our four finalists that come to Ag Media Summit every year as a part of it. They’re always a really impressive group: so together for their ages, and so involved in agriculture and agricultural communications, and it’s just a great thing to be a part of.”

Of the Winner, Kansas State student Nicole Lane, Palmer has only glowing statements to make: “She’s just such an impressive girl, and when she got up there to accept she even started crying a little bit. She talked about how she has cut out articles from many of these people who judged her for the award or who are now at ag media summit and how it’s so neat for her to be kind of recognized on that level now; that was kind of neat to see.”

The scholarship isn’t the only notable communications investment for Alltech, which just wrapped up it’s 31st annual Symposium. Usually called “The Alltech Symposium,” the title has now been changed to the edgier REBELation.

“It’s a play on words with Revelation and Rebel,” says Palmer, “It was all about thinking outside the box, whether it be in business, agriculture, or in science. This year we had a great group of leaders from all different aspects of business and science.”

Speakers included General Colin Powell and former US Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, who spoke for an audience of over 3000 attendees from 70 different countries.

All speakers were recorded using both video and audio devices, and their presentations can be accessed on the all new Alltech Idea Lab. Symposium attendees may view the presentations for free, and other interested parties may access them for a fee of $200.

Listen to Lizzy’s interview with Danielle here:
Interview with Danielle Palmer, Alltech

2015 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

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Animal Ag Bites

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  • The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) welcomed Angela Vesco to its staff as commercial marketing specialist. She will serve on the marketing team and spend her time traveling the country with special emphasis on visiting and assisting commercial bull customers.
  • The judge of the 2015 Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow competition is Edward Griffiths from South Yorkshire. This is the first time an English dairy farmer will judge Ireland’s foremost dairy cow contest.
  • ANIMART announced the recent addition of Angie Garavet, DVM, to their Professional Services Team. She will work together with other ANIMART team members to provide comprehensive animal health solutions to dairy producers.
  • Allflex USA has announced that Sarah Ryan will be responsible for supporting Allflex sales and marketing efforts in the Northwest. Sarah will be based in Ellensburg, Washington, with her territory consisting of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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Registration Now Open for the 2016 IPPE

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IPPE1You can now register for the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). IPPE has secured more than 1,000 exhibitors and is expecting to attract more than 28,000 attendees through the collaboration of the three trade shows – International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo – representing the entire chain of protein and feed production and processing. The event is sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Register online and receive a discounted price of $50 (USD) through Dec. 31. Online registration is the only way to receive this discount. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the registration fee will increase to $100.

The IPPE website,, offers easy navigation with access to important information including attendee and exhibitor registration, hotel registration and a schedule of 2016 educational seminars and activities offered during IPPE. The annual global feed, meat and poultry industry trade show is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., USA.

Resuming for 2016 is the popular “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, for attendees from member firms of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed and pet food manufacturers. The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors. They include Aviagen, Ceva Animal Health, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Dupont – Danisco Animal Nutrition, Elanco Animal Health, Huvepharma, Incubation Systems, Inc., Jamesway Incubator Co., Kemin, Soybean Meal Information Center and Zoetis.

“We appreciate and thank these elite exhibiting companies for participating in the Members to Atlanta (M2A) program. The program continues to provide results in increasing attendance and contributing to the success of IPPE,” said Charlie Olentine, IPPE show manager.

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Texas A&M Researches Chagas Disease

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texas A&MTo keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the wildlife and fisheries sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas.

Chagas is the common name for a disease transmitted by insects and animals that can cause severe symptoms, even death, in humans. It is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths annually in Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 8 to 11 million people throughout Latin America have the disease, the majority of whom do not even realize they are infected.

Nineteen cases of Chagas in humans were reported to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2013, but health officials feel the actual number of infections is higher due to misdiagnosis or non-reporting.

“Over the past several years, a number of animals in the South Central Texas area have shown symptoms of Chagas, and the presence of the disease had been confirmed through blood tests,” said Troy Luepke, who was the research assistant with Texas A&M AgriLife Research collecting much of the data used in the study.

Luepke, who is based in San Antonio, said there is additional concern in the scientific community that these instances will increase because of the possibility of dogs exposing humans to the disease. Dogs, especially those in rural areas, are more likely to come into contact with the triatomine bugs and other mammals that may transmit the disease.

Chagas is caused by infection from the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, also known as T. cruzi. The parasite is vectored by certain triatomine bugs, which go by names like kissing bugs, assassin bugs, cone-nosed bugs and blood-suckers. These bugs take a “blood meal” from mammals and then transmit the parasite by depositing their waste into the wound.

Read the complete release to learn more about the research efforts on Chagas disease in Texas.

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Brews, Ewes & BBQ with American Lamb

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Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.35.17 AMThis year the American Lamb Board’s popular Grills Gone Wild promotion is featuring a special “Brews, Ewes and BBQs” blogger battle and giveaways for lamb fans.

The American Lamb Board challenged nine talented food bloggers from across the country to develop their favorite grilled leg of lamb recipe and pair it with their craft beer of choice. From July 24 to August 21, consumers can win weekly prizes of American lamb and grilling essentials simply by visiting the Grills Gone Wild microsite to vote for their favorite “Brews, Ewes and BBQs” pairing. Winners will be randomly selected from weekly voter entries.

The “Brews, Ewes and BBQs” blogger pairings range from grilled lamb sandwiches served with a brown ale to chipotle barbecue lamb kabobs served with a pilsner.

“The bloggers’ recipes are classic summertime staples, taken up a notch for grillers and brew fans who are seeking added inspiration,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board.

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ASA Says Biodiesel Production Helps Livestock Industry

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ams15-asa-wadeWhile the American Soybean Association (ASA) is happy the latest proposal for biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is higher than it was, they would still like to see more. At last week’s Ag Media Summit, ASA president and farmer Wade Cowan of Texas said they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to understand that more biodiesel production actually benefits the livestock industry.

“It’s a product that not only helps all the consumers who use diesel, but it also helps livestock producers,” he said. “When the oil portion of the soybean is buoyed, it helps to have that extra soybean meal in the market.”

Cowan added that 15-20 years ago when soybean oil use dropped off, so did the amount of soybean meal available for livestock producers, who had to go to inferior alternative feeds for their animals. Now that biodiesel production is upping the amount of soybean meal available, those producers can go back to a feed they know will produce the positive results for their operations.

Cowan also said that ASA is not looking for the moon when it comes to biodiesel requirements, just reasonable numbers. “We’re just asking to keep them high enough that they are realistic goals that make the industry want to go forward.”

Listen to an interview with Cowan here: Interview with Wade Cowan, American Soybean Association president

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Are You One of the Savvy Social Media Peeps?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you consider yourself social media savvy?”

It’s exciting to see so many people out there that have grasped social media as way to communicate online and also use it as a marketing tool. Yet will had a few pollers who don’t see it as beneficial. It is hard to look into the future and not see social media. Changing and developing yes, but not leaving for good.

Here are the poll results:

  • Yes – I’ve got it – 55%
  • Yes – Still need training – 23%
  • No – Want to learn more – 6%
  • No – Not worth my time – 16%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, How are you connecting your precision equipment and data?

Drones, big data, new standards are all precision ag buzz words but connectivity was a common theme this year at the InfoAg Conference. More and more companies are developing stable wireless options to communicate back and forth from the cab. Let us know what method you are using and feel free to leave a comment.