NPPC Discusses WOTUS At #NAFB15

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nafb-15-156-edited The nation’s pork producers used Trade Talk at the 2015 National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention as an opportunity to discuss the impact of several major US policy and trade decisions that recently went into effect, and highlighted ways the pork industry is getting involved.

John Weber, President-Elect for the National Pork Producers Council(NPPC), sat down with AgWired, giving his thoughts on the results from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) conclusion reached last month, as well as the pork industry’s stance on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which officially went into effect August 28th.

“We were very pleased with the results of the TPP,” he said, “As we started going through the details of the text, we think it’s going to be a huge boost for the US Pork Producers.”

Weber clarified that NPCC and several other livestock industry representatives have filed a lawsuit against the EPA regarding WOTUS.

“It’s a far-reaching, regulatory grab that’s going to impact all of agriculture, not just the pork producers, and we felt that any input from the various agricultural sectors across the country has been completely ignored,” he said. “We would really like to work with EPA, to sit down, start over with the process, and come up with solutions that are workable both with agriculture and trying to improve the nations water.”

Listen to Kindra’s full interview with John here:
Interview with John Weber, National Pork Producers Council

Download and view photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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Meat Export Review from #NAFB15

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nafb-15-152-editedThe U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) admits it has been a tough year for meat exports nationwide with 2014 being a record year for beef and pork. USMEF’s Vice President of Communications, Joe Schuele, was at this year’s NAFB Trade Talk and gave a complete market update.

“One thing is encouraging on the beef side. We have been in a period of herd rebuilding so we will see a larger calf crop for the first time in quite a long while. I think that has reassured our international buyers U.S. beef supply isn’t perpetually shrinking. Exports have helped stimulate some growth and we have been able to see a moderation in our prices over the last few months. We will have ample supplies for some of those key Asian markets.”

On the pork side, Joe said we will still be able to compete with the Asian market and the Trans-Pacific Partnership should open doors to better market access in Japan and Vietnam. Also reminding buyers that the U.S. is a reliable supplier of pork.

Listen to my complete interview with Joe to see how TPP and TTIP will be impacting meat trade in the coming years. Interview with Joe Schuele, USMEF

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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Alltech Dairy School Puts Focus on Teamwork

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wi-dairy-school 2016 will mark the 12th annual Alltech Wisconsin Dairy School, held Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “One Team, One Dream,” urges dairy industry professionals to come together and strategize in collaboration towards creating a better dairy industry.

Wisconsin Dairy School is a day dedicated to farmers, nutritionists and industry professionals, giving them opportunities to learn from experts on the latest innovations, practical concepts, marketing trends, and management tools used in today’s dairy industry.

The program will feature a wide variety of presentations by individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and professions, each focusing on a different important aspect of teamwork. This year’s featured guest speaker is former Green Bay Packer William Henderson, who played 12 seasons for the team as a fullback. Often called “Old Reliable,” Henderson boasted a reputation for consistent play. He was also selected as Green Bay’s 2001 “Unsung Hero,” given to him in recognition of his efforts both on the field and in the community. Henderson will present on “The respect of teamwork.”

Joe Kerns, Kerns and Associates, will also present at the conference, speaking about the role Risk Management plays in every team. Sam Miller, BMO Harris, will discuss “How to build your own financial dream team.” Dr. Alexandra Weaver, from the Alltech Myoctoxin Management team , will present on “Forage Management: What expertise do you have on your team?” Jim Ostrom, Milk Source Agricultural Holding, will give a final discussion, focusing on the importance of building a strong management team.

For more information or to register for this free event, please contact the Alltech Wisconsin office at (920) 386-9651.

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Merial Preps Producers on Winter Health

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nafb-15-158-editedDr. Tony Moravec is a Technical Service Veterinarian at Merial where he has been working for almost ten years now. He took the time to speak with Jamie Johansen at the NAFB conference to talk about vaccines, winter health, and the use of antibiotics.

One of Merial’s most exciting projects has been the introduction of LongRange, an injectable, long-acting dewormer for cattle. The dewormer is available with a prescription from your veterinary and can control parasites for 150 days, learning to better weight gain, more reproductive efficiencies, and improved weaning weights.

One study used 15,000 cattle on 18 sites and in 9 states. On average the cattle on the Long Range dewormer gained an additional third pound per day.

“What we’ve gotten feed back wise has been astounding from cattle producers,” says Dr. Moravec. “Top to bottom, no matter the location, no matter what products they’ve been using, or what kind of cattle they’re running, or what kind of pasture they’re running on we’ve seen results that make us kind of blush. It’s a product that goes above and beyond what the product is labeled to do.”

Listen to the rest of his interview, including tips for getting cattle ready for winter. Interview with Dr.Tony Moravec

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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The ‘First Bird’ Takes Flight

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Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 11.35.01 AMThe National Thanksgiving Turkey took off on a United Airlines flight designated “Turkey One” yesterday, flying from San Francisco International Airport to Washington, D.C. President Obama will pardon the bird tomorrow at the annual Presidential Turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House.

In partnership with the National Turkey Federation, this year’s Nicholas White turkeys have been raised for the past four months in California’s Central Valley by family-owned poultry producer Foster Farms. The birds arrived at SFO via Presidential Turkey motorcade accompanied by the official Presidential Turkey entourage, including handlers and private security detail.

Late last week, the yet-to-be-named Presidential Turkeys were selected in a final review at Foster Farms’ Presidential Turkey Ranch near Modesto, California, where 20 finalists strutted their stuff for the coveted title of National Thanksgiving Turkey. The turkeys were evaluated and selected by the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, Dr. Jihad Douglas, and Foster Farms turkey grower and third generation turkey farmer, Joe Hedden. A fifth grade class from Eisenhut Elementary in Modesto attended to cheer-on their favorite choice. The White House will officially name the birds based on suggestions that included hundreds of submissions from California schoolchildren.

“We wanted a proud bird, fit to meet the president,” said Hedden. “We chose this year’s birds based on superior plumage, posture, personality, sociability and manners. Our team worked to socialize the birds as they grew to prepare for the big day at the White House, which included playing music to acclimate to noise and teaching them to sit calmly on a table. This year’s turkeys are country music fans.”

“The annual presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey is an important tradition that pays tribute to Thanksgiving and recognizes the turkey industry’s role in the national holiday,” said Ira Brill, Foster Farms director of communications and Unofficial Presidential Turkey Historian. “Foster Farms is honored to raise the National Thanksgiving Turkey for the second time in five years and highlight the significant role of California agriculture in the national landscape.”

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Ag Sustainability Summit Returning to IPPE

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IPPE The 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will once again be hosting the annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit during the event. This will be the eighth year that expo attendees will have the opportunity to attend the program, which intends to harbor discussion about the sustainability of today’s animal agriculture industry.

The program will include presentations from several poultry industry experts on the importance of sustainability in agriculture. This year, Dr. Marty Matlock and Dr. Greg Thoma, University of Arkansas, will present on “A Retrospective Analysis of US Poultry Production – A 50 Year Comparison of the Meat Bird Industry.” Dr. Joy Mench, University of California, Davis, will discuss “The Sustainability of the Layer Industry – Laying Hen Housing Research – The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.” Dr. Claudia Dunkley, University of Georgia, will finish up the presentations with her discussion on “A Carbon Footprint Tool for Poultry and Egg Producers.”

The Summit will also feature a panel discussion by the Poultry Industry Sustainability Workgroup on the development of the Poultry and Egg Industry Sustainability Assessment Program, which is working to identify measurable indicators for industry professionals to use as resources to help improve and maintain sustainable practices on their operation.

The half-day program will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, as part of the IPPE Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. All 2016 IPPE attendees may attend the Summit free of charge.

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LMA Insurance Protects Members

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nafb-15-148-editedThe Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) new member only program, Payment Assurity Services, (PAYS) is an insurance product that mitigates a market’s risk against buyer default from a bad check or open invoice. The NAFB Trade Talk served as a platform for LMA to share more about their optional service for members.

I spoke with President of PAYS, Jennifer Aiman, during the event where she said PAYS will begin Jan. 1, 2016 and they are currently enrolling members. “Auction markets have access to it by calling 1-800-821-2048 or they can talk to their field rep. Sometimes we get the questions, ‘How does this benefit the auction?’ It provides financial protection and in return the markets provide a venue for competition, true price discovery, speed of commerce, transparency and guaranteed payment to consignor.”

Listen to my complete interview with Jennifer to learn more about PAYS here: Interview with Jennifer Aiman, LMA, PAYS

nafb-15-149-editedLMA serves as host for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship and Kristen Parman, vice president of membership services, filled us in on the annual event. Paris, Kentucky will serve as host for this world series of livestock auctioneers.

“Folks will get to see 31 of the best livestock auctioneers from around the world. We take the top 10 qualifiers from each of our three regional events that are held in the states. Then we also bring in international livestock auctioneer champion to compete for an opportunity for a world title.”

Listen to our complete interview with Kristen to learn more about LMA’s stolen livestock alert system Interview with Kristen Parman, LMA

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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TheMeatWeEat.comThe American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has debuted their new website, The consumer focused site provides accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.

“ is the perfect avenue to relay the research of countless meat scientists into digestible information our consumers are looking for. Targeting our audience with relatable information, like industry trends, we can unveil science and facts about all proteins our consumers desire,” said David Hayden, Regional Sales Manager with JBT Corp. and industry advocate. provides simplified site navigation, a variety of resources and enhanced search capability, making it quick and easy for the visitor to find the answers they are seeking.

Website features include:
· Consumer Focused Fact Sheets
· Video Podcasts
· Featured Meat Scientist Series
· “Ask a Meat Scientist” Web Portal

Janeal Yancey, University of Arkansas and author of the Mom at the Meat Counter blog, said, “I’m really excited about the potential of this site to reach consumers. People have lots of questions about how meat is produced and the best ways to prepare it. This site will give people access to hundreds of meat scientists with a wide variety of expertise.”

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TCA Stallion Season Auction Dates Announced

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TCA-logo The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will hold its 26th annual Stallion Season Auction on Jan. 4-9, 2016. The event features a five-day online auction of high-quality stallion seasons, culminating with a live Select Stallion Season Auction on Jan. 9 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

The annual auction is a major fundraiser for TCA, a charitable 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The organization follows a “United Way” methodology, and provides grants to other Thoroughbred-related charities that help improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and the people who care for them. Over the past 25 years, TCA has provided over $21 million to charities helping to retrain, re-home, and retire Thoroughbred racehorses, as well as equine research projects, equine-assisted therapy programs, and charities that provide services to backstretch and farm workers.

Most of the stallion seasons will sell during online bidding, which opens at 9 a.m. on Jan. 4 and will continue through 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 8. Telephone bidding will also be available on Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Interested parties can register to bid here, and more information for potential bidders is also available online.

The live auction on Jan. 9. will offer approximately 10 select seasons, as well as several non-season lots, including a Triple Crown ticket package, a John Deere utility vehicle, several different trips, and tickets to sporting events. A silent auction will also be offered. Bidding for all non-season items will be available during the online auction as well, with absentee bidding available at the live auction event.

Bidders or their authorized agents can attend the live auction in-person, but may also choose to bid on the 10 select seasons during the online phase, with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction.

“Our team of volunteers is working very hard to gather extremely high-quality stallion seasons at the industry’s largest annual fundraiser,” said Mike McMahon, TCA board member and chairman of the auction committee. “We hope bidders enjoy the value and exclusivity available in the auction.”

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Lamb Industry Says “Try It, You’ll Love It”

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nafb-15-132-pfligerAmong the many participants of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters conference were members of the American Sheep Industry Association and American Lamb Board.  They took some time to tell AgWired what’s new in the sheep industry.

Burton Pfliger is President American Sheep Industry Association. He gave us a quick overview of some highlights in the sheep industry, including the recently rewritten H-2A sheep herder rule which will be fully implemented in 2018. This new rule, originally formed by the Department of Labor, has been redesigned by members of the industry and Pfliger believes the program will continue to be a positive story for the industry.

He also touched upon TTP and COOL, which you can hear in his interview. Interview with Burton Pfliger, American Sheep Industry Association

nafb-15-128-percivalJim Percival of the American Lamb Board spoke about the checkoff organization partnering with the Ameriacn Sheep Industry to get lamb into the hands of consumers who have never tried the protein. People love it, he says, noting that the meat is very flavorful and lean. And the board is working to make sure that every bite is exactly what the consumer was expecting. With all three of the largest production centers now boasting electronic grading, lamb is more consistent than ever.

To hear more about the efforts of the American Lamb Board listen to the full interview. Interview with Jim Percival, American Lamb Board

nafb-15-129-wortmanMegan Wortman is the executive director of American Lamb Board. She tells us that the board is kicking off their new fiscal year with a strong look at marketing to millennials. The younger generation is know for being adventurous eaters and don’t have a bias against trying lamb. The board has hosted events to teach consumers to cook the meat, with a focus on simply getting them to take a bite, as nearly one third of the population has never even eaten it.

You can listen to her full audio for more updates from the American Lamb Board.Interview with Megan Wortman, American Lamb Board

View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album

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