Pork Checkoff’s Asian Trade Mission Offers Insight

Jamie Johansen

Three National Pork Board officers and two members of the senior leadership team have returned from an Asian trade mission centered around elevating U.S. pork as the global protein of choice. The team representing the Pork Checkoff toured Japan and China from Sept. 5–16, visiting with pork processors, distributors and retailers, as well as importers and traders. “Pork is the …

Ag Group, Export, Food, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Trade

ASI Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

Jamie Johansen

The American Sheep Industry (ASI) has created a new award centered around innovation. President Mike Corn said, “We have brilliant and dedicated people and organizations in the sheep business that do impressive things with sheep production or lamb and wool processing and marketing. We wanted to test the interest in a new award that would recognize innovations in the sheep …

Ag Group, ASI, Sheep

Florida & Georgia Cattle Country Hit by Irma

jamie johansen

Hurricane Irma traveled straight through Florida and Georgia cattle country. An assessment of damaged areas is still being tallied. Florida dairies are running on generators, still struggling to keep cows milked and forced to dump tons of milk for various reasons. Less impacted appears to be the beef cattle industry, as most fences remained intact and kept cattle from getting …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Beef, Dairy, Weather

NPPC Seeks Waiver From ELD Mandate

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council (NNP) have asked for a waiver and exemption for livestock haulers from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that could have negative effects on animal well-being. The petition was sent on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and other livestock sectors, requesting the waiver and exemption because of concerns about the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) …

Ag Group, Livestock, NPPC, Pork, Transportation

Cattlemen Launch Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers. The campaign, which will focus heavily on the death tax, aims to build support in Washington for comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code fair for agricultural producers. The …

Ag Group, Beef, Government, NCBA

Wisconsin Sends 17,000 lbs. of Cheese to Houston

jamie johansen

Driven by online conversations shortly after Hurrican Harvey, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s (WMMB) Social Media Specialist, Lizzy Shultz, wondered how they could help. After a team meeting, the idea became a quick reality. Wisconsin’s cheesemakers were contacted and more than 17,000 pounds of cheese was sent to Houston to help the victims of the hurricane. “We are deeply saddened by …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy

Dairy Farmers Launch “Peel Back the Label” Campaign

Jamie Johansen

America’s dairy farmers launched “Peel Back the Label,” a new campaign to highlight fear-based food labeling and stress the need for truth and transparency in food marketing. The campaign comes as almost 70% of consumers say they look to front-of-label claims when making food purchasing decisions, and as food manufacturers increasingly utilize “free from” labels – i.e. ”no high fructose …

Ag Group, Consumers, Dairy, Food, NMPF

Secretary Sonny Visits Farm Progress Show

jamie johansen

It was a packed house for our Secretary of Agriculture as he was hosted by WGN and ADM during the 2017 Farm Progress Show. Sec. Sonny Perdue visted with ag and local media prior to taking the stage. Naturally, trade was a hot topic followed by Hurricane Harvey and an update from D.C. Listen to or download the complete press …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Progress Show, usda

U.S. & Mexican Dairy Industries Make United Call for NAFTA

Jamie Johansen

According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries released a unified list of priorities that includes modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to solidify their strong dairy market partnership, and addressing concerns about Canadian and European dairy policies during the United States-Mexico Dairy Alliance. The …

Ag Group, Cattle, Dairy, Dairy Group, Export, NMPF, Trade, USDEC

American Sheep Industry Adds $5.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

Jamie Johansen

Our nation’s 88,000 sheep producers generated a total economic impact of $5.8 billion in 2016, according to the American Sheep Industry Association’s 2017 Economic Impact Study. With over $500 million in farm gate receipts for sheep and lambs, value added from processing, wool, and retail; the American sheep industry contributes over $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy, with a …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, ASI, Lamb, Livestock, Sheep