Beef Board CEO Search

Jamie Johansen

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has announced a national search to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer after accepting the resignation of current CEO Polly Ruhland in late August. CBB’s primary function is to oversee and administrate the national beef checkoff through the management of programs that are proposed and carried out by various contractors. As …

Beef, Beef Board, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, CBB, Company Announcement

Cargill to Sell Two Feed Yards to Green Plains Inc.

Lizzy Schultz

Cargill reached an agreement to sell its beef cattle feed yards at Leoti, Kan., and Yuma, Colo., to Omaha-based, vertically integrated ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. Green Plains Inc. has existing feed yards at Kismet, Kan., and Hereford, Texas. The transaction will be finalized once a definitive agreement and regulatory review are complete. Green Plains will supply cattle to Cargill …

Cargill, Company Announcement, ethanol, Feed

AQHA Elects New Executive Committee

Lizzy Schultz

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) elected a new Executive Committee on March 20 at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. The five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing the decisions of AQHA members through the board of directors and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board. Each member serves a term of one …

Ag Group, AQHA, Company Announcement, Equine

NSF International Joins AMSA Sustaining Partners

Lizzy Schultz

NSF International has joined 35 other companies and institutions as a member of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Sustaining Partners Program, which recognizes the organizations and institutions that provide significant financial and logistical contributions for the products and services offered by the organization. “More and more, companies are requiring that their suppliers follow specific animal feed and welfare guidelines. …

AMSA, Company Announcement, sustainability

Nina Teicholz to Headline Alliance Summit

Lizzy Schultz

Nina Teicholz, an investigative journalist and author of the bestseller, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” will speak at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. “The Big Fat Surprise” – named the number one science book of 2014 by The Economist and a 2014 “Best Book” by the Wall Street Journal, …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Company Announcement, Food

Ceva Acquires Product Portfolios From Merial, BIVI

Lizzy Schultz

Ceva Santé Animale has completed the acquisition of a diversified portfolio of products from Boehringer Ingelheim following its acquisition of Merial Animal Health. The new product portfolio includes swine and cattle vaccines and multi-species nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. All products will be immediately available through local Ceva companies or its distributors, with no interruption of supply. Products acquired in the acquisition are …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Company Announcement, Merial

Livestock Groups Back Perdue for Ag Secretary

Lizzy Schultz

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture has been received a warm and positive response from the nation’s livestock industry groups. The veterinarian and former Georgia Governor has been praised for his political and agribusiness experience and his understanding of the nation’s diverse agriculture industry. “Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, National Chicken Council, National Milk, NPPC, politics

Tom Vilsack to Take Helm of USDEC

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will serve as the organizations new president and CEO starting Feb. 1, 2017. “Growing the global market for U.S. dairy products is essential to the future of the dairy industry and America’s dairy farmers. I’ve spent my career in public service as a …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Dairy, Export, Export, USDEC

Meet New Executive VP of Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods

Jamie Johansen

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has named Chris Roberts as the organizations Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Foods, effective Feb. 6, 2017. The move marks the re-unification of all Land O’Lakes Dairy businesses under one executive for the company. “We’re excited to welcome Chris Roberts to Land O’Lakes,” said Beth Ford, group executive vice president and chief operating officer …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Dairy, Food, Land O'Lakes

Animal Ag Alliance Promotes Hannah Thompson-Weeman

Jamie Johansen

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has promoted Hannah Thompson-Weeman to vice president of communications, effective January 1, 2017. In this position, Hannah will assume a greater management role over the communications outreach strategies for the Alliance, as well as the Alliance’s issues management initiatives and other program efforts. Thompson-Weeman joined the Alliance in December 2014 as director of communications and quickly …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Company Announcement