A Preview of 2018 National Pork Forum

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The 2018 National Pork Forum will take place February 28 – March 2, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. The event serves as the annual business meeting for the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “The purpose of both organization’s delegate sessions is to really look at the key issues. Producers have the opportunity to discuss those …

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USDA, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sign MOU

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. The pact extends and builds upon a MOU originally signed in 2009. Secretary Perdue signed the MOU with Arizona dairy farmer Paul Rovey, chairman of Dairy …

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Bill Exempts Farms From Reporting Emissions

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and poultry groups including National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers applaud introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would prevent farms, ranches, and other agricultural operations from having to report livestock manure data …

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NCBA Names 2018 Beef Quality Assurance Award Winners

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2018 BQA Feedyard Award Winner – BLAC-X Farms The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recognized winners of the 2018 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) awards at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix. BQA Feedyard Award winner Peter Bakken of BLAC-X Farms, Inc. in Rock County, Minn., said the components of the program, which include low stress animal handling, pharmaceutical use, record …

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Alltech Research Leads to Changes in Mineral Management

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Mineral management is changing, thanks to research in nutrition and genomics. Butch Whitman is an Alltech beef nutritionist who was at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show in Phoenix. Whitman said research at Alltech’s Center for Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition looks at how nutrients impact the expression of genes. That includes what nutrients …

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NMPF Seeks to Improve & Expand Legislative Provisions

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said the proposed dairy policy reforms included in the newly unveiled congressional disaster assistance package are “much-needed improvements to the dairy safety net,” according to NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern, and come at a time when many of America’s dairy farmers are struggling financially after a third year of stagnant prices. NMPF sent …

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U.S. Pork Exports Set New Volume Records in 2017

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In 2017, U.S. pork exports recorded the largest year ever in volume, with sales to more than 100 countries around the world. U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports totaled 5.399 billion pounds valued at $6.486 billion, up 6 percent and 9 percent respectively from 2016. “Exports continue to be an important piece of the puzzle for adding to producers’ …

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NCBA Recognizes Arizona Ranch for Environmental Stewardship

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A third generation Arizona rancher is working hard to leave his ranch land better than he found it for the next generation. The Jim O’Haco Cattle Company is this year’s winner of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association National Environmental Stewardship Award, presented during this year’s Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix. O’Haco owns two ranches totaling nearly 90,000 acres. “We have …

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Talking Turkey: See through Myths on Cages, Farms & Antibiotics

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America’s turkey farmers, represented by the National Turkey Federation, have prepared a new series of videos and resources offering common-sense answers about raising healthy turkey flocks on family farms. “People are curious and like to understand more about their food and where it comes from,” said Minnesota turkey farmer John Zimmerman. “It’s satisfying to know consumers can appreciate how turkey …

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Hereford & Red Angus Release “Premium Red Baldy” Program

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Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association have introduced the “Premium Red Baldy” program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing quality commercial females. RAAA …

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