45 Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack Checkoff

Jamie Johansen

Fourt-five state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, Policy, usda

American Royal Grapes & Steaks Results Announced

Jamie Johansen

Excellent food and wine was celebrated when the American Royal Association announced the winners of the 2014 Grapes & Steaks Competition October 8th in the Wagstaff Theater located in the American Royal Complex. Last year’s competition was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Grapes and Steaks is the culmination and celebration of two separate competitions to name some of the …

Ag Group, Beef, Food, Meat

Farm Bureau Survey Says Higher Retail Prices

Jamie Johansen

Shoppers are paying slightly more for food at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2014. Higher retail prices for beef and pork products such as ground chuck and bacon, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food …

AFBF, Ag Group, Food

Cheese, Cheese & More Cheese

Jamie Johansen

A gourmet breakfast was prepared for us during the media talk event at the 2014 World Dairy Expo by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s executive chef, John Esser. The meal was of course full Wisconsin cheeses. Chef Esser also prepared an omelet full of morel and leek jack cheese and a pancake packed with foenegreek gouda cheese and bacon. Another …

Ag Group, Audio, Cheese, Dairy, Food, Milk, World Dairy Expo

How to Understand Tomorrow's Consumer

Jamie Johansen

The most important element in the chain of the beef industry is obviously the consumers. That is why it is imperative that we understand them. Sounds simple, right? Not always, because we have such a diverse array of consumers. The American Hereford Association brought in two experts to talk to producers about six thought starters to help us all understand …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, food safety, Hereford, Marketing, NCBA

Tailgating Brazilian Style

Jamie Johansen

Hereford breeders from across the country made their way to Springfield, MO to attend the American Hereford Association’s (AHA) Hereford Genetic Summit held on the campus of Missouri State University. After a welcome from AHA leadership and a quick glimpse of how we can navigate our future from Kevin Ochsner, a Hereford Tailgate Party gave us all a taste of …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Food, Hereford

NMPF Supports FDA’s Draft Food Shipment Safety Regulations

Jamie Johansen

Milk producers joined milk processors yesterday in supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed regulations on the safe shipment of food, saying the draft rules largely write into regulations what the dairy industry is already doing. “Dairy foods are safely transported already, and there is no need to improve on current practices,” said Beth Briczinski, vice president for dairy foods …

Ag Group, Food, Milk, National Milk

USFRA Food Dialogues in Chicago

Chuck Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Food Dialogues is taking place live as of this post in Chicago. The topic is “Integrity in Food Marketing 2014.” I’ve already interviewed several of our panelists and will do more when today’s discussion concludes. The program is live now and will be archived on the Food Dialogues website. We’ve got some very interesting …

Ag Group, Food, USFRA

American Farmers Receive "Thanks" From Culver's

Jamie Johansen

June Dairy Month brings the efforts of America’s farm families front and center. And now, Culver’s is strengthening that spotlight through the second year of its “Thank You Farmers” campaign. In partnership with participating restaurants, great guests, the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and other agricultural groups, Culver’s turns gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families. Last year …

Ag Group, Food