Great Ideas for Recycling Waste

Joanna Schroeder

Earth Day may have come and gone but it’s always a good time to be kind to Mother Earth and recycling is one such way. Recycle Farm waste can often contain some of the most recyclable materials around. Organic materials, animal manure and dirty straw and hay can all be used to make materials such as compost, which can be …

Conservation, environment

AFIA Supports White Paper on Livestock GHG Emissions

Jamie Johansen

The American Feed Industry Association is in support of University of California, Davis, Professor Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., on the release of his white paper, “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change. …

AFIA, Ag Group, environment, Feed, Livestock

Tyson Announces Water Conservation Goal

Lizzy Schultz

Tyson Foods officials announced today that the company will be expanding their ongoing water conservation efforts. The announcement accompanies the release of the third installment of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report, which includes information about its environmental stewardship. “We’re setting a 12 percent water reduction goal by the end of 2020 for our direct operations and will talk with our …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, Food, Poultry, sustainability

13 Universities Set To Improve Equine Sustainability

Lizzy Schultz

Researchers from 13 land-grant universities have examined equine operations for the development of educational programs to devise sustainable, safe strategies for equine operations. These researchers have formed the Multi-state Research Project NE-1041 “Environmental Impacts of Equine Operations.” Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states alone are home to more than 428,000 horses, ponies, and mules on 65,000 farms, and each horse produces about …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, Equine, Research, sustainability, University

Cattle Industry Fighting BLM Land Use Plans

Lizzy Schultz

An amicus brief was filed on Tuesday by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with support from the Idaho Cattle Association, the American Farm Bureau, and the Idaho Farm Bureau regarding restrictive land management plans from theBureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The land management plans, specifically the sub-regional Greater Sage …

Ag Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, Farm Bureau, Land, PLC, Policy, usda

Cattleman Testifies to Importance of Voluntary Conservation

Jamie Johansen

Frank Price, co-owner of Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas, testified on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to the importance of voluntary conservation during the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing “Voluntary Conservation: Utilizing Innovation and Technology”. Price, recipient of the 2014 NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award, told the committee that given the …

Ag Group, Beef, Conservation, environment, NCBA

Smithfield Partners with United Suppliers

Jamie Johansen

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and United Suppliers, Inc., have collaborated to advance on-farm conservation practices and to use innovative precision agriculture tools across Smithfield’s sourcing regions in Iowa and Missouri. The goal is to work with farmers along all points of the food supply chain reducing fertilizer runoff, safeguarding the environment and ensuring farm productivity. “At Smithfield, we are committed to …

Agribusiness, Conservation, environment, Food, Pork

House Ag Committee Holds Hearing On #WOTUS

Lizzy Schultz

The House of Representatives Agriculture Committee held a hearing today regarding the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) actions on the rural economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was the hearing’s sole witness. The hearing showed a continued broad opposition to the controversial “Waters of the United States” Rule (WOTUS), which already is faced with a number of legal challenges …

Ag Group, Beef, environment, EPA, Government, legislation, NCBA, Water

Maggie Creek Ranch Wins Environmental Stewardship

Lizzy Schultz

Maggie Creek Ranch and the Searle family of Elko, Nevada, were recognized at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention as the national winners of the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award, created to recognize ranchers for their commitment to outstanding land management practices which create healthy, balanced ecosystems. The ranch had worked in collaboration with several federal agencies and private partners like Trout …

Ag Group, Audio, award, Cattle, Conservation, environment, NCBA, Ranches

Environmental Stewardship Recognized at IPPE

Lizzy Schultz

Five poultry farm winners and two finalists were recognized for their exemplary environmental stewardship by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award is awarded at IPPE to family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production in acknowledgment of their commitment to environmental stewardship. “The …

Ag Group, award, environment, IPPE, Poultry, US Poultry