National Farriers Week

Jamie Johansen

Farriers work hard year-round to provide quality hoof care for horses worldwide. To honor their dedication and service, American Farriers Journal created National Farriers Week. In its 16th year, National Farriers Week is an opportunity to honor your farrier.2014 National Farriers Week American Farriers Journal started the “Farriers Spotlight” in 2012, which is an online-exclusive compilation dedicated to showcasing some …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Equine, Farriers

Dairy Cattle Entries Now Open for World Dairy Expo

Jamie Johansen

World Dairy Expo’s 2014 dairy cattle entries are now open. Exhibitors can choose to enter through the Expo online entry system or by mail. Initial entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Premium Books were mailed to recent year’s exhibitors July 1. The Premium Book is also available online or new exhibitors can request a copy from World Dairy Expo …

Ag Group, Dairy, World Dairy Expo

Texas Beef Producers Approve Beef Checkoff Program

Jamie Johansen

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced that Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. TDA conducted this referendum upon petition by cattle industry organizations under the authorities designed by the Texas Legislature. “Texas is the largest cattle producing state in the nation, and our beef is among the highest-quality in the world,” says Agriculture …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle

BIF Awards Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Johansen

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) awarded two Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarships during the organization’s 46th annual meeting and research symposium in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21. This scholarship was established to encourage young men and women interested in beef improvement to pursue those interests as Wallace did, with dedication and passion. This year’s recipients are Maci Lienemann, a junior at …

Ag Group, award, Beef, BIF

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