Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think the new coalition agreement addresses ag data privacy concerns?”

Time will tell if the big data coalition will ease the minds of concerned growers when it comes to privacy and security issues. However, the majority of those polled feel that the agreement addresses these ag data issues. We for sure will keep you posted.

Here are the poll results:

  • Yes – 47%
  • No – 26%
  • Maybe – 7%
  • I don’t know – 20%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

In year’s past we have asked your favorite Thanksgiving protein. Does your family go for the traditional turkey or maybe a ham? Or do you have your own traditional meat of choice? This year in honor of Thanksgiving, we want to know your favorite side dish. Do you prefer dressing, mashed potatoes or do you love something different? At my family’s table gravy is a side all it’s own. It covers everything but the salad.


NMPF Comments on Immigration Policy

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nmpfThe National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) just released a statement on the White House Executive Action on immigration policy. NMPF President and CEO, Jim Mulhern said:

“The executive action announced by the White House this week will not solve the current or future needs of dairy farmers. We still need congressional action, in the form of comprehensive legislative reform of our broken immigration system. This is both an opportunity and an obligation for Congress. We need action in both the House and Senate, with support from both Republicans and Democrats, to do the job that needs to be done.

“NMPF’s focus remains the same going forward, as it has been in the past decade: we must secure a permanent fix to our broken immigration system – and that must be done by the Congress. “Regardless of the executive order announced by the White House, we must continue pressing for a long-term, meaningful solution that provides permanent relief for current workers and future labor needs. It is imperative that Congress address this issue in 2015 and resolve it, once and for all.”

Ag Group, Government, International, National Milk

Beef – Best Tasting Multivitamin

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nafb-cbbAs Executive Chef for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), Dave Zino doesn’t get to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. The road is his home as he travels across the country educating consumers, food service operators and retailers how to merchandise and cook beef.

BeefItsWhatforDinner.com is home to the greatest resource for anyone who is simply seeking a beef recipe or researching the in’s and out’s of beef nutrients. “I like to call it the website that gives you all the know before you go. We have hundreds of recipes from steak, roasts, burgers to nutritional information on today’s lean beef. A tab on there called the Butcher Counter allows you to click on a cut and get recipe and cut information.”

Lean Matters is a publication the CBB has recently produced to share with consumers the research they have done about how nutritional lean beef is. Dave likes to call beef “natures best tasting multi-vitamin.”

Dave goes on to share other programs the beef checkoff is behind to inform consumers about the wholesome product being produced. A few of these include Easy Fresh Cooking and continuing to become more and more digital.

Listen to or download my complete interview with Dave here: Interview with Dave Zino, CBB

2014 NAFB Convention Photos

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2015 IPPE to be Biggest

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IPPE1This year’s version of a major conference for the feed, meat and poultry industries will be the largest ever. Officials with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) say the Jan. 27-29, 2015 meeting will take up more than 486,000 net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are pleased that more than 94 percent of the show floor has already been booked, including our expansion into Building C. This will be our largest trade show. We anticipate more than 28,000 attendees gathered in Atlanta to learn about the latest products and services offered for the feed, meat and poultry industries,” said Charlie Olentine, IPPE show manager.

The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of feed, meat and poultry products. The Expo will also feature dynamic education programs addressing current industry issues, combining the expertise from American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), American Meat Institute (AMI) and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

IPPE has its own app available through the Apple Store and Google Play so you can stay current on the information, education programs and activities planned for the coming expo.

Ag Group, IPPE, Meat, Poultry

Milk Producers Ask for Changes to WOTUS Rule

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nmpfThe National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) wants some changes to the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation. This news release from the group outlines what it wants the Environmental Protection Agency to do about the controversial proposal that could greatly expand the waterways subject to regulation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

NMPF, the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers in Washington, asked EPA to either include the organization’s recommendations in the proposed regulation, or withdraw the proposal and rewrite it.

In lengthy comments filed with the agency, NMPF stressed that, above all, agriculture needs certainty on which waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the CWA, and which do not. The draft regulation, it said, doesn’t provide that clarity.

NMPF asked EPA to clarify numerous terms in the draft, including “other waters,” “upland ditches,” ‘‘floodplain,’’ ‘‘tributary,’’ and ‘‘significant nexus.” In addition, it urged that any final regulation exclude from federal jurisdiction intermittent streams and wetlands adjacent to excluded streams. NMPF also asked EPA to publish maps clearly indicating the features that make a waterway covered under the CWA.

“Clean water is essential to milk production and the dairy industry is very willing to work with EPA to protect U.S. waters,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “But EPA’s draft would only lead to more confusion and uncertainty around which waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. In addition, it would intrude on state responsibilities and do nothing to actually stop pollution.”

NMPF went on to say that not only does the proposal not help dairy farmers, but it also doesn’t meet the requirements of the Supreme Court rulings that triggered the need for the regulation.

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Government

Kids’ Lack of Dairy Foods Cuts Important Nutrients

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ndc1If the question is “got milk?” unfortunately, for too many Americans kids the answer is “Nope.” This news release from the National Dairy Council (NDC) says that by the time many children reach kindergarten, they consume fewer nutrient-rich dairy foods than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition, as they reach their teen years and turn to even more unhealthy sugary beverages, they’re losing out on the vital nutrients building healthy bones.

Evidence for the three or more servings of dairy foods each day, as well as the importance of calcium and vitamin D for bone health, are supported by recent publications from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dairy foods’ (milk, cheese and yogurt) have a unique ability to provide these important nutrients many children are lacking, and are diverse enough to fit three servings into many nutrient-dense dietary patterns, from a Mediterranean diet to Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and MyPlate eating plans.

The NDC goes on to cite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ information that shows that cow’s milk intake in childhood and adolescence is associated with high bone mineral content and reduced risk of fracture in adulthood. The group also says that milk alternatives, such as soy- or almond-based beverages, could have a reduced amounts of bioavailable calcium per glass, even when fortified with calcium.

“Children are our greatest national resource. It is critical to ensure a nutritious and sustainable food system that allows our future generations to grow and flourish. These publications further emphasize we simply cannot understate the important role of dairy foods in children’s diets,” states Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, President of National Dairy Council. “Adding just one more serving of milk, cheese, or yogurt each day is an easy way to help close nutrient gaps and nourish our growing population.”

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, National Dairy Council, Nutrition

NCBA Calls for Border Security & Immigration Reform

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ncba-logoIn the latest issue of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) newsletter they highlight cattlemen and women’s call for border security and immigration reform.

President is expected to announce his plan to address the immigration issue in the U.S. through a series of executive orders. While we do not know what exactly what the executive orders will address, we do know the reforms cattle producers need to see to support any changes.

Reform to the U.S. immigration system is important to NCBA’s membership. Cattle producers support efforts to strengthen border security which is a first step to ensure any immigration reforms will be meaningful. Our membership has long supported modifications to the agricultural guest worker program to ensure the availability a visa program to better fit year-round employment needs.

First and foremost, producers demand action securing the border, and any plan supported by cattlemen and women must secure the border along the southern international boundary, add sufficient personnel to accomplish this, equip personnel with the necessary technology and tools, and enhance civil and governmental communications. The current H-2A Guestworker Program is not a workable solution to address year-round labor needs. Modifications to this program or similar agricultural worker programs should streamline the program to better serve all agricultural commodities – including livestock.

Be assured NCBA will engage on behalf of our membership and the policies they put forward towards a workable guestworker program and efforts to secure the border. We expect the next Congress to consider immigration and border security reform and NCBA will remain actively engaged on Capitol Hill. You can see NCBA’s policies on border security and immigration in the 2014 NCBA Policy Book.

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Government, NCBA

CattleFax Webinar Talks High-Price Environment

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Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.37.10 PMCow-calf producers are at a fork in the road, according to CattleFax. The current expansion environment has produced record profitability and exposed the segment to more financial and production risk than any other time in recent history. CattleFax will address this challenge during its next Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Jan. 21, 2015.

Calf prices are nearly $100/cwt. higher than last year at this time, and bred cow values have increased nearly $1000/head in the last year. The dynamic market shift occurring in 2014 has motivated cow-calf expansion and created indecision at the same time.

During the one-hour session, CattleFax analysts Mike Murphy and Lance Zimmerman will discuss how producers can navigate marketing decisions and business plans for the next five to 10 years. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online.

Elanco Animal Health is sponsoring the webinar – making it free for all cattle and beef producers to benefit from CattleFax’s analysis and perspective on factors influencing the cow-calf, stocker and backgrounding businesses. The webinar will include:
– A winter and spring 2015 market outlook for breeding cattle, calf, feeder cattle and feedstuff markets,
– Advice on high-return cowherd and bull purchasing decisions, and
– Considerations on the long-term implications of U.S. beef cowherd expansion

Agribusiness, Cattle

Intercollegiate Meat Judging Winners

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amsThe American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced winners of the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest, held November 16, 2014, at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Dakota City, NE. In total, 108 contestants representing 16 teams participated in the contest.

Top Individuals, Senior Division:
1. Emery Kunze, Texas A&M University
2. Jessie Heidlage, Oklahoma State University
3. Audrey Zoeller, Oklahoma State University
4. Breanna Branderhorst, Iowa State University
5. Brenna Klauer, Colorado State University
6. Brandt Mortensen, University of Wyoming
7. Cassidy Smith, University of Wyoming
8. Jeremy Garcia, Texas Tech University
9. Mary Kline, Kansas State University
10. Jacqueline Ponce, Colorado State University

Top 5 Teams, Senior Division:
1. Oklahoma State University
2. Texas A&M University
3. Kansas State University
4. Colorado State University
5. Texas Tech University

Ag Group, award, Education, Meat

Celebrating Exciting Times in American Sheep

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nafb-sheepThe 2014 Trade Talk brought me to the American Sheep Industry Association booth during last week’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. Executive director for American Sheep, Peter Orwick, recapped the wool and lamb markets and shared some exciting news about the organization.

“Very strong prices in 2014. Feeder lambs selling over $2 a pound. The attitude among the farmers and ranchers is wonderful. In wool prices we either met if not exceeded the world price. That’s a good market to have.”

Peter said they export over half of what is produced here in the United States and the military is one of the largest consumers of American wool. On the lamb side he said they are working on a Grow Our Flock program focused on commercial sheep producers who are interested in having more efficient operations.

Increasing production is not the only important thing happening in 2015 for the organization. A big milestone is also coming down the pipeline. “We are going to hit the 150th anniversary year mark of the American Sheep Industry Association. We are the oldest national livestock trade association in America. We will have our national convention in late January 2015 and it’s going to be a big celebration of that milestone.”

Listen to or download my complete interview with Peter here: Interview with Peter Orwich, American Sheep

2014 NAFB Convention Photos

Ag Group, Audio, Lamb, Livestock, Meat, NAFB, Sheep, Wool