‘Grocery Grab’ Game Explores Cooking With Beef

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Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 12.09.24 PMMy American Farm has just launched a new game aligned to national learning standards for 3rd-5th grade students called “Grocery Grab.” The free game focuses on nutrition and cooking with beef, as well as beef quality.

Learners also will delve into the sometimes-mysterious world of fresh beef cuts. In this section of the game, matching beef cuts to end products in a prepared meal gives students a glimpse of the variety available in supermarket meat departments.

Along with the game, a lesson plan helps students create a nutritious meal using beef. An activity sheet paired with the game explores the many different products that come from cattle, including baseball gloves, shampoo and crayons!

Grocery Grab is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff. It is the second Beef Checkoff-funded game launched by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in 2015.

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May Dairy Market Report

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dairy market reportThe May Dairy Market Report is out thanks to the National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management, Inc. It indicates that domestic markets are stabilizing following the fall in milk prices in late 2014 and early 2015.

Here are some highlights:
· The national average all-milk price was $16.60 per hundredweight in March, down 20 cents from a month earlier.
· April Federal Order class prices indicate that the April all-milk price will likely be little changed from March.
· Exports continue below year-ago levels on a quarterly basis, but the rates of annual decline are beginning to slow for several key products.
· Gains in domestic consumption, together with moderating increases in production, are keeping dairy stocks in check and supporting milk prices.
· Steady reductions in feed costs will keep the MPP margin at the top of, or above, the range of insurable margins, at least until there is a significant change in the general dairy situation.

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Zoetis Introduces Penicillin Free Feed Additive

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zoetisZoetis announces the availability of AUREOMIX® S — a medicated feed additive that combines the proven safety and therapeutic strength of chlortetracycline and sulfamethazine without the use of penicillin.

AUREOMIX S replaces AUREO S-P 250® and AUREOMIX® Granular 500, the chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine/penicillin combinations that Zoetis voluntarily withdrew last year.

“We worked voluntarily with the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] to remove penicillin from these combinations as a confirmation of our commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics,” said Shelley Stanford, DVM, MS, MBA, Director, U.S. Pork Technical Services, Zoetis.

AUREOMIX S is indicated for treatment of bacterial swine enteritis and cervical abscesses during times of stress. The granular formula offers several benefits such as excellent flowability, improved medication distribution in the feed, less dust and stability under high temperatures. AUREOMIX S is available in two formulations:
· Type A: AUREOMIX S 40/40
· Type B: AUREOMIX S 10/10

Along with a portfolio of antimicrobial products, Zoetis also offers a full line of vaccines that help prevent disease and is committed to educating producers on proper and responsible uses of these tools. Training programs, such as Individual Pig Care, provide guidelines so pig caregivers can identify sick animals sooner to help ensure they are treated with the right product at the right time.

Zoetis supports the FDA’s Guidance for Industry 209 and 213 to phase out the use of all medically important antibiotic products labeled for growth promotion and is committed to helping veterinarians, pork producers and the livestock feed industry stay informed in a changing regulatory environment.

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Swine

Animal Ag Bites

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  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) named Dr. Scott King as the new director of the U.S. Cattle Marketing team, and Amanda McAvoy as senior associate director of the U.S. Equine Marketing team. Both new hires will deepen BIVI’s expertise as a leader in equine and cattle health
  • Alltech is proud to announce Brent Van Middendorp as the newest addition to their Midwest dairy team. Van Middendorp will provide sales support to the South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa territories.
  • The USPOULTRY Foundation announced the appointment of Dr. Travis Cigainero as chairman of the Foundation Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Cigainero is manager of broiler technical services for CEVA and has served on the Foundation Research Advisory Committee for 13 years.
  • Innovacyn announced the recipients of the Vetericyn® Future Innovators of Agriculture College Scholarship Award. This year’s winners, Alexis Pedrow from Anderson County Jr/Sr High School in Garnett, Kansas and Brendan Register from T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School in Seville, Florida will each be given $4,000 towards his or her pursuit of higher education.
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Groundbreaking for New Food Bio Security Facility

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nbaf-groundbreakThis week Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack helped to break ground on the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.

“The NBAF laboratory will provide the nation with cutting edge, state-of-the-art, lab capabilities and help protect our food supply and the nation’s public health,” said Secretary Johnson. “The economic impact of a bio agricultural threat – deliberate or natural – could have a substantial effect on the food supply of this Nation and have serious human health consequences. With the NBAF, our Nation will have the first Bio Level 4 lab facility of its kind – a state-of-the-art bio-containment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging diseases.”

When completed and fully operational in 2022, the $1.25 billion NBAF will be a 570,000 sq.ft, biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten animal agriculture and public health in the United States.

“This innovative new facility is capable of producing the research needed to protect our nation’s farmers, food supply, public health and the rural economy. It has been a national priority for USDA, DHS, and our other partners as we work to replace aging facilities,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Remarks from Secretaries Vilsack and Johnson at NBAF groundbreaking

Secretaries Johnson and Vilsack were joined by a number of dignitaries on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins and others. Located in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world, the NBAF will replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) in New York, and will be the first laboratory facility in the United States allowing researchers to study zoonotic diseases that affect livestock and other large animals.

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Are You Attending 2015 World Pork Expo?

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Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 8.23.05 AMNext week 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from throughout the world will assemble at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines, Iowa for the 2015 World Pork Expo. The National Pork Producers Council brings the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars with the latest information, national youth swine shows, plenty of pork barbecue and much more to us annually. And I know this year they won’t disappoint.

Thanks to our sponsors, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), we once again have the opportunity to cover all the happenings throughout the event.

“World Pork Expo has evolved into a one-stop-shopping place for the newest equipment, software and technology-based products that help pork producers remain competitive in a global economy,” says Ron Prestage, D.V.M., NPPC president and South Carolina pork producer. “It also presents a great opportunity to interact with fellow producers and exchange ideas in an environment that is ideal for your entire team of employees.”

“If you miss World Pork Expo, you will miss a great opportunity to connect with fellow pork producers,” says Prestage. “And, when you come to Expo, be sure to engage with NPPC directors and staff. It’s a great place to hear the latest on the many developments that are important to your business.”

Additional information is available at online, and by connecting with World Pork Expo on Facebook and Twitter at @NPPCWPX and by following #WPX15.

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Time to Calculate & Monitor Your Carbon Footprint

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rebelation15-185-editedNo matter what business you are in, having an edge on the market only makes sense. A company’s carbon footprint is very important in today’s marketplace. Are you being a REBEL and identifying your’s? Alltech ECO2 collects farm information, calculates the carbon footprint and then helps put plans into place to reduce that footprint. Andrew Wynne, Business General Manager for Alltech ECO2, was one of the speakers in the beef and dairy breakout sessions at this year’s Alltech REBELation and shared that this calculation and plan creates stronger economic performance for farmers.

“We need to look at it as an opportunity and not a threat. All the fundamentals in dairy and beef production are looking at feed, animal performance and health. All crucial to carbon footprinting. If your business is functioning well, using good resources, you will reduce your carbon footprint. Ask yourself the question and be curious about carbon. And see where it can help your business improve it’s performance.”

Changing management in an operation isn’t easy and many think of it as a big expense. Andrew reminds producers that reducing carbon footprints will actually save money. “It’s really about understanding where you are today through measurement and managing that by putting a plan into place, setting yourself targets to work towards to bring about efficiency savings which will save your business money as well.”

Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative image some media have given the ruminant sector. Andrew said we have to embrace that as an industry by calculating and measuring to be then able to robustly defend our industry using the data produced.

Andrew said that some of the largest misconceptions are around fuel and electricity. Many believe that they are both large contributors to an operations carbon footprint. But they are actually only about 6-7% of the total. The animals themselves are actually the largest contributors along with the feed that goes into them. “Our biggest task is educating farmers and consumers. It’s about good nutritional programs and good monitoring of performance allowing you to adapt to any problems and issues quickly.”

Listen to my complete interview with Andrew here: Interview with Andrew Wynne, Alltech ECO2

Don’t forget to check out photos from the event here: 2015 Alltech REBELation Photo Album

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Cast Your Vote for Rev It Up Checkoff Challenge

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Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.11.32 PMThe Beef Checkoff hosted the “Rev it Up My ROI Checkoff Challenge” to give producers an opportunity to share stories about checkoff success. The Rev it Up finalists have submitted their videos, each one sharing one thing about how the checkoff has brought the most value to their operations.

Now it’s time to cast your vote on the My Beef Checkoff Facebook page from June 1, 2015 through midnight Sunday, June 7. The winner will drive away in a donated Yamaha Viking EPS 4×4 valued at nearly $22,000!

“During the contest, did you as producers ever come through, with great comments and real-world proof that beef producers are responsible stewards of land and livestock. You are truly dedicated to providing a safe and nutritious product,” says Brenda Black, cow-calf producer from Deepwater, Mo., and member of the checkoff’s Producer Communications Working Group. “You’ll want to take time to watch the finalist’s videos! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your fellow cattlemen and women, something you may or may not have known about your checkoff, then share the good news with your friends and neighbors.”

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Farm Bureau Asks Congress to Repeal COOL

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farm bureauThe American Farm Bureau Federation announced support for efforts in Congress to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which forces food distributors to label beef, chicken and pork products as to their country of origin.

The request comes on the heels of a World Trade Organization ruling that grants Canada and Mexico the right to retaliate against the United States if it fails to stop the program by mid-November.

“While we were hopeful that WTO would have found COOL to be legal, it is now clear that we are far better off with no mandatory labeling for beef, pork and chicken, which should end threats of retaliation by our two closest trading partners,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.

The House Agriculture Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), last week passed a bill to remove the language from current law. A vote by the full House could happen within days.

“We are pleased the House Agriculture Committee has moved to repeal country of origin labeling for beef, pork and chicken, and we ask the full House to do likewise,” Stallman said. “Whatever benefits labeling brought farmers and ranchers, the WTO ruled that the process of separating the herds was too cumbersome to permit free trade. Canada and Mexico could retaliate with $2 billion in tariffs against U.S. food if we don’t stop the labeling program.”

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Officials Say Final WOTUS Rule Respects Agriculture

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epa-army-corpsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday released the final version of the Clean Water Rule that has become known as the Waters of the United States or WOTUS which they say protects clean water “while respecting agriculture.”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy released an editorial commentary to farmers and ranchers explaining what they did in the final rule. “Feedback from the agricultural community led us to define tributaries more clearly,” they write. “We also got feedback that our proposed definition of ditches was confusing. We’re only interested in the ones that act like tributaries and could carry pollution downstream—so we changed the definition in the final rule to focus on tributaries.”

Regarding regulation of ditches, the rule “limits protection to ditches that are constructed out of streams or function like streams and can carry pollution downstream.” During a press conference outlining the new rule, Darcy said, “Only ditches that look, act and function like a tributary are covered.”

McCarthy stressed several times that the final rule includes no new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions. “The rule does not add any requirements for agriculture and it maintains all the decade-long exemptions and exclusions for farming and forestry,” said the EPA chief, who named off several other things the rule does not do. “These are all important points that we have made crystal clear.”

Listen to McCarthy and Darcy announced the final rule here: Final WOTUS rule announcement

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