Learn How to Keep the Farm in the Family

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

We are seeing fewer and fewer young people returning the their family operations and just because you are blood doesn’t mean you have a right to the farm. Succession planning is one step many families forget about when it comes to the future. AgriLegacy is a growing Midwest company whose main focus is helping farm families keep the farms in …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, Ranches

New John Deere Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Quite a few new products were put on display for those of us in ag media last week. That includes three new models of the 8000 Series Self-Propelled Forage Harvesters. “We took the momentum from the 8000 Series rollout last year and added to an already stellar lineup of forage harvesters,” says Tim Meister, division manager, marketing with John Deere. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Forage, Harvest, Hay

Marketing to Producers in the Techie Age

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

Jared Spader has a strong and diverse background in agriculture. Currently, he is the US operations lead for AgCall, which serves as a human resources, project management and consulting firm for the ag community. Jared’s experience as a producer and marketer led him to moderate the producer panel at the recent NAMA Bootcamp. The panel is always a highlight for …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, Marketing, NAMA, Ranches

Missouri Legislators Talk COOL

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

While policy makers attended the Missouri State Fair’s legislator day I spoke with a few of them about issues that have a huge impact on agriculture across the country like Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which has yet to be addressed by Senate. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt believes we must avoid retaliation from Mexico and Canada. “The likely result of …

Ag Group, Audio, COOL, Government, Livestock, Trade

USMEF Weekly Audio Report

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

In U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) weekly audio report we hear from Greg Hanes, USMEF assistant vice president of international marketing. He recently joined a group of U.S. producers in Japan and South Korea to promote Texas-style barbecue and the advantages of using U.S. beef – especially underutilized cuts – as part of the American dish. In the report Hanes …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, Food, International, USMEF

The Passion Behind Your Beef

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

Updating agri-marketers on industry trends and educating them on the latest research and technology is always the goal of the NAMA Bootcamp and this year’s event also served that purpose. On the Mo-Kan Farm pre-conference tour attendees stopped at Byergo Angus Farms in Northwest Missouri to get a short-course on purebred beef production and direct market beef. Bryson Byergo led …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Audio, Beef, Marketing, NAMA

Interpreting the FDA Veterinary Feed Directive

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a new final rule amending the veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs section of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 that will take effect in October and hog farmers, like all livestock producers, are trying to find out what it means for them. Dr. Harry Snelson with the American Association of Swine …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Feed, Swine

Targeting Excellence in Swine

John Davis Leave a Comment

A non-profit is looking to feed the expected 9 billion people by the middle of this century by educating animal agriculture students. During the recent BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar, Chuck caught up with David Funderburke, a swine consultant, who helped start Targeting Excellence. “The idea is to bring together production systems in food animal production with universities and agribusinesses …

Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Diversity Emerging in Swine Diseases

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Add IAV-S to the list of letters that are being used to identify swine diseases. Never heard of that one before the Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI) North Carolina swine seminar last week. It stands for Influenza A Virus for Swine. “In general, the reason that we’re even utilizing a different term for influenza infections in swine is to represent the accuracy …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Hogs and Pigs Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Dr. Ron Plain has been a trusted voice for livestock industry economics at the University of Missouri since 1981, but he is heading into at least semi-retirement. “I’m retiring on September 1,” said Plain, who spoke at the Boehringer Ingeheim (BIVI) swine seminar in North Carolina last Friday. “So this is one of my last opportunities as a professor to …

Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, economics, Pork, Swine