Telling the Story About How Beef is Produced

Jamie Johansen

Most Americans today don’t have much knowledge of agriculture and food production. So, they are susceptible to incorrect information about beef and how it is produced. Filling that information gap with the truth about how producers work to provide safe and nutritious beef is one goal of the beef checkoff — and it is a part of daily activity for …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Social Media, Video

Holstein Association USA Board Convenes

Jamie Johansen

The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 24-25, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa. President Glen Brown chaired the board meeting held during the 129th National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the Grand River Center in downtown Dubuque. The board honored retiring Directors Jim Burdette of Pennsylvania and Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois. Both were formally acknowledged for their contributions …

Ag Group, Dairy, Holstein Association

Right to Farm Gains Support in Missouri

Jamie Johansen

Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, will be decided by Missouri voters on August 5. The Missouri Farmers Care coalition, comprised of more than 40 statewide agricultural organizations, is working hard to pass the amendment. The amendment is short, straightforward and designed to protect all of agriculture from outside special interests that would seek to regulate and legislate farmers …

Ag Group, Farm Policy, Government

CWT Aids in Sales of Cheese, Butter & Whole Milk Powder

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 20 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 7.839 million pounds (3,556 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, 110,231 pounds (50 metric tons) of butter (82% butterfat) and 972,239 pounds (441 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the …

Ag Group, Butter, Cheese, cooperatives, cwt, Milk

Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation

Jamie Johansen

Efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the National Milk Producers Federation wrote in comments to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is reviewing comments about the FSMA law, which …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, National Milk

Researchers Study New Animal Deworming Agent

Jamie Johansen

After two moderate doses of a bacteria-derived protein were fed to worm-infected swine in an experiment, all intestinal roundworm larvae in the swine were damaged or destroyed and the infection was nearly completely eliminated, according to U.S. Department of Agricultur (USDA) and University of California-San Diego scientists. The research team included microbiologist Joseph Urban and his colleagues at the USDA …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Deworming, Research, Swine, usda, Vaccine

Tyson's Establishes Endowment for Student Recruiting

Jamie Johansen

The USPOULTRY Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000,000 fund endowment from Tyson Foods to support student recruiting. The endowment is in support of the Ensuring the Future campaign, which was initiated to enhance the sustainability and prosperity of the poultry and egg industry through the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. To date, more than $8.3 million …

Ag Group, Poultry, US Poultry

New President for Livestock Marketing Association

Jamie Johansen

Dan Harris, owner of Holton Livestock Exchange in Holton, Kan., has been elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, he will spend two years leading the nation’s largest membership organization representing more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses. Harris is no stranger to having a microphone in his hand; but, as he told …

Ag Group, Auctions, Livestock, LMA, Marketing

Lotz Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Jamie Johansen

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan. proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 51st anniversary of the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday, June 21. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry. When he was 15, Lotz attended auctioneering school at Western …

Ag Group, Auctions, Beef, Livestock, Marketing

$5,000 Donation to DBA's Crisis Fund

Jamie Johansen

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) held their 12th Annual Golf on June 19th, 2014. Nearly 300 dairy producers, industry partners and professionals attended the event. After a gorgeous day of golf, networking, prizes and fun, ANIMART, Inc. presented DBA with a $5,000 donation to go toward DBA’s Crisis Fund. The fund assists DBA dairy producer members when a major occurrence …

Ag Group, Dairy