NMPF Wants Dairy Ingredients Problem Fixed

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation wants the Food and Drug Administration to fix a problem in the planned definition of added sugars on food labels, saying it appears to include dairy products used as food ingredients, even though the lactose – or “milk sugar” – in those products occurs naturally. Commenting August 1st on the FDA’s proposed changes to the …

Ag Group, Dairy, National Milk

NCBA CEO Expresses Upbeat Spirits Towards Next Fiscal Year

Jamie Johansen

Cattlemen’s grassroots organization, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), held their annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, CO. last week. Producers and state organizations gathered to tackle and plan the coming year. Forrest Roberts, NCBA CEO, commented on the event and shared what we can see throughout the next fiscal year in terms of policy and markets. “This conference is …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, NCBA

Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for Dairy Farms

Jamie Johansen

The White House on Friday released a Biogas Opportunities Roadmap highlighting the economic and environmental benefits and potential for biogas systems in the U.S. According to the Roadmap, biogas systems offer a wide range of potential revenue streams, growing jobs and boosting economic development for communities, businesses and dairy farms. The systems work by recycling organic material — including cow …

Ag Group, Biogas, Dairy, energy, usda

NCBA's Environmental Committee Brings Packed House

Jamie Johansen

Ashley McDonald, Environmental Council for NCBA, talked about what is on everybody’s minds here at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. Waters of the United States (WOTUS) has become a household phrase over the last couple of months and she highlighted NCBA’s efforts to eliminate the EPA’s term ‘navigable’ from the Clean Water Act. “We are in the midst of …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Audio, Beef, environment, NCBA, Water

Programs to Benefit Sheep Producers of All Sizes

Jamie Johansen

Two new programs will benefit sheep producers and the sheep industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced July 28. The new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will provide approximately $1.5 million in grant funds that can be used by sheep organizations to assist producers by strengthening the production …

Ag Group, Sheep, usda

NMPF Supports FDA’s Draft Food Shipment Safety Regulations

Jamie Johansen

Milk producers joined milk processors yesterday in supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations on the safe shipment of food, saying the draft rules largely write into regulations what the dairy industry is already doing. “Dairy foods are safely transported already, and there is no need to improve on current practices,” said Beth Briczinski, vice president for dairy foods …

Ag Group, Food, Milk, National Milk

Members of the Cattle-Feeding Community Honored

Jamie Johansen

Four individuals who have been catalysts for the beef industry and inspired others to do the same were honored July 29 during the sixth annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet in Westminster, Colorado. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established to honor the exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. This year, Dinsdale and …

Ag Group, award, Beef, Cattle, Feed

Policy Talks Underway at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference is well underway here in Denver, CO. Cattlemen and women have gathered to discuss pressing issues affecting producers nationwide. I sat down with Philip Ellis, 2014 NCBA President Elect and he shed some light into what the cattlemen’s organization is doing to advocate and educate. “We always have many issues at our summer conference. …

ADM, Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, CBB, NCBA, Policy

Oklahoma Attorney General Advances Investigation of HSUS

Jamie Johansen

HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, applauded Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for moving forward with his investigation into the deceptive fundraising of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Pruitt stated in a radio interview last week that his office has issued subpoenas to HSUS and an HSUS vendor, direct-mail firm Quadriga Art, in …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Welfare