New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

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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 …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Cattle, Conservation, Dairy, environment, National Milk

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 …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, NCBA, NPPC, Organic, politics

Finding Homes For Horses This Holiday Season

Lizzy Schultz

2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of American Horse Adoption, a 501c3 nonprofit operated by Saddlebred Rescue which works to adopt horses to homes across the country. Saddlebred Rescue is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) awarded program and a verified member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). 10 rescue horses currently need homes this holiday season. Many …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Equine, Horse Slaughter, Horses, USEF

Purina Makes Surprise Donation To Horse Rescue

Lizzy Schultz

Purina Animal Nutrition surprised everyone at Far View Horse Rescue, a horse rescue facility based out of FairPlay, Colorado, when company representatives showed up at the ranch with a donation of free horse feed earlier this month. The rescue was hosting a volunteer and rescue appreciation event when the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, who have a longstanding relationship with Purina and …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Animal Welfare, Equine, Horses, Purina

Cooper Farms to Match Donations to Animal Ag Alliance

Jamie Johansen

Cooper Farms will match all donations made by individuals to the Animal Agriculture Alliance on Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Click “Donate Now” to make your contribution and after celebrating Thanksgiving with your family, you can celebrate Giving Tuesday with the Animal Agriculture Alliance. “As producers of turkey, pork and eggs, we value the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s role in bridging the …

Advocate, Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Animal Welfare, Livestock

Animal Ag Alliance Calls for Increase of Farm Security

Jamie Johansen

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is alarmed by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, a radical animal rights group and the below release from them provides more information on their current activities. Last week, Direct Action Everywhere released video footage that it claims was obtained during “stealth visits” to a California egg farm. Activists entered barns several times in late …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Ag Alliance, Animal Welfare, Poultry

South Dakota Farmer – America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Jamie Johansen

Brad Greenway, a pig farmer from Mitchell, South Dakota, has been named the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board. He has achieved the highest score from a third-party judging panel and online voting. The award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and who connects with …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Livestock, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

USEF Submits Comment on Horse Protection Act

Lizzy Schultz

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted comments in response to the proposed amendments to the regulations that implement the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Horse Protection Act. The comments commend the USDA in its efforts to strengthen the regulations and further protect horses from the practice of soring and explain that USEF seeks to partner with the …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Equestrian, Equine, Policy, USEF

BLM to Gather Sand Wash Wild Horses

Lizzy Schultz

A decision signed last week will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin gathering up to 50 wild horses from northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash herd management area (HMA) next month. The young horses will be bait-trapped and placed in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) training and adoption program, and fertility control treatments will be administered to any …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Conservation, Equine, Government, Horses, Wild Horses

NCBA Takes Stand Against HSUS

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) was recently notified that Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys have filed a lawsuit against USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM). This lawsuit seeks to divide the beef industry against itself by opening old wounds and weakening the beef checkoff as HSUS drives …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Welfare, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, NCBA