PORK Academy Seminars Return to World Pork Expo

Lizzy Schultz

The Pork Checkoff’s Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions will once again be held during this year’s World Pork Expo. Seminars will run Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, to help educate pig farmers on the latest trends in pork production. “The PORK Academy sessions offer more …

FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video

Lizzy Schultz

The National Dairy FARM Program announced the release of a stockmanship training video through its partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. The 27-minute video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish. Topics …

Dr. Grandin to Speak at Sterling College Butchery Course

Jamie Johansen

The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering the course “Ethical Slaughter and Butchery” for those looking to explore how to safely, ethically, and humanely bring livestock from the field to the table. This five-day course, held June 19-23, 2017, will combine dialogue, presentations, and debate with observational slaughter and hands-on butchery of several species of …

USFRA Offers Animal Welfare Earth Day Resources

Lizzy Schultz

USA Today, which reaches about 750,000 readers in print, and more digitally, is releasing a story for Earth Day that alleges livestock agriculture is damaging the planet, using too many resources and is rife with animal abuse. According to the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), the article will talk about how animals are “raised purely for profit, without regard …

Animal Alliance Summit to Feature Broiler Welfare Panel

Lizzy Schultz

Registration is still open for the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit to be held May 3-4, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s event comes as the Alliance celebrates 30 years of bridging the communication gap between farm and fork. The Summit will feature a panel spotlight on broiler welfare, a topic of interest to several animal activist groups …

Place Yourself at the Table – The Future of Protein

Jamie Johansen

Future Food-Tech took place in San Francisco last week and brought together over 300 food business technology leaders, investors and food-tech innovators. Brad Greenway, Chairman, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) sat on a panel titled, “Creating Consumer Demand for Healthier and More Sustainable Ingredients.” As the sole panelist who represented the animal agriculture community, Brad was able to share …

Handling Activist Investors at Animal Ag Alliance Summit

Jamie Johansen

Tim McIntyre of Domino’s Pizza and Kathryn Hembree Night of CamberView Partners will give attendees at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag” held May 3-4 in Kansas City, Mo. advice for handling activist investors and responding to shareholder resolutions. The panel, titled “Extremists in the Boardroom: Responding to Activist Investors” is sponsored by …

Animal Ag Alliance Blog & Photo Contest Winners

Jamie Johansen

The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced the winners of its blog and photo contests. Wanda Patsche of Minnesota and Michelle Miller of Iowa will receive a free registration to the 2017 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag” on May 3-4 in Kansas City, Mo. Patsche took the top spot in the blog contest with a piece titled “Action, Please …

New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

Jamie Johansen

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES). The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability. “America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of …

Livestock Groups Respond to Organic Marketing Rule

Lizzy Schultz

Several livestock industry groups have responded to a last minute regulation issued by the Obama administration this week that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) amendment to the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 will increase regulations for organic producers raising livestock and poultry, including new indoor and outdoor …