NCC Responds to McDonald's New Antibiotic Policy

Jamie Johansen

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has released the following statement on the announcement of McDonald’s new antibiotic policy attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: “The top priority of farmers and chicken companies is to raise healthy chickens, because healthy chickens are directly related to a safe food supply. Responsible, FDA-approved veterinary …

Ag Group, Chicken, Food, Poultry

Biggest Bee Keeping Invention Since 1852

Jamie Johansen

The Flow™ Hive, a revolutionary beehive invention allowing the harvesting of honey without opening the hive and thus, limiting the stress on the bees, launched an Indiegogo campaign that has already broken records on the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. The sweet campaign raised $2.18M in the first day, breaking the record for most funds raised in the first 24 hours. …

Agribusiness, Animal Welfare, bees, Food

Tyson Foods Donates Truckload of Chicken to Food Bank

Jamie Johansen

Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition (CAO) and the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, donated a load of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia. The 30,400 pound load of chicken, which will provide more than 120,000 servings of protein, arrived at the food bank. …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Food

Beef Checkoff Unveils Veal Marketing Website

Jamie Johansen

The Beef Checkoff announced the launch of a new website, at The site is a mobile-friendly digital hub for all of the checkoff’s veal-foodservice marketing efforts. Visitors can search recipes by cuisine, cuts and/or menu and discover up-to-date nutrition information, cooking methods, seasonings/companions and featured chefs. The site currently is hosting the “Win a Free Trip to the Center …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, veal

NCBA's Beltway Beef Newsletter

Jamie Johansen

In this week’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Beltway Beef Newsletter, they urge producers to take action and comment on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that were just released. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report was released last week, and contained many conflicting and misleading recommendations. For example: the Committee has endorsed the Mediterranean style diet, which has higher red meat …

Ag Group, Beef, Food, NCBA

Checkoff Partners Reach Culinary Influencers

Jamie Johansen

The beef industry was able to make tremendous impact on more than 450 culinary students, chef instructors and restaurant operators at the 2015 Northeast and Southeast American Culinary Federation (ACF) Conference in Baltimore on Feb. 15-17, thanks to a gold sponsorship from the checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, in coordination with the Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina beef councils, …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, veal

Animal Pathogen Detection at QIAGEN

Jamie Johansen

QIAGEN’s Farm to Fork event at the recent International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) brought attendees together to learn more about novel molecular tools for animal pathogen and food quality testing in labs. Dr. Carsten Schroeder, QIAGEN’s Director of Market Development Veterinary Applications, was there and explained a little more about QIAGEN’s plans for global expansion. “QIAGEN is well-known across …

Agribusiness, Audio, Food, food safety, IPPE

Food Dialogues on Animal Care

Chuck Zimmerman

The first Food Dialogues event of 2015 in live right now. The focus is on “Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Expectations.” It is being held in Florida in conjunction with the International Dairy Foods Association meeting taking place there. The event is also sponsored by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The Food Dialogues panel of food industry and animal …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Antibiotics, Dairy, Food, USFRA

Chicken Wings are Super Bowl Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

Chicken wings are hands down the big favorite of Super Bowl fans, according to the National Chicken Council . The Council’s 2015 Wing Report estimates that 1.25 billion wings will be eaten during Super Bowl XLIX this weekend as fans watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, but wing lovers from coast to coast differ as to what they …

Food, Poultry

QIAGEN Gets Certification for Detection of Listeria

Jamie Johansen

While at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo, QIAGEN Inc. will also be highlighting their newly approved mericon® Pathogen Detection Assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes. This product received AOAC Performance Tested MethodSM (PTM) certification from the AOAC-Research Institute at the end of 2014. The AOAC, an independent third party international organization that evaluates analytical methods for food …

Agribusiness, Food, IPPE, Research