Animal Ag Applauds Appointment of Trump Ag Advisor

Jamie Johansen

Animal agriculture applauds White House appointment of Ray Starling, current chief of staff for Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to the position of Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Aid. John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council said, “By picking a true champion of American agriculture to serve in this key advisory role, President Trump …

Costco Expansion Builds Momentum for U.S. Beef in Korea

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports that U.S. beef has built momentum in South Korea, and received a further boost since Costco recently began converting its imported chilled beef selection from Australian beef to 100% U.S. product. The move follows a multi-year effort by the USMEF to persuade store managers that sales of U.S. beef would match or exceed Australian …

Alltech’s Commitment to Sustainable Aquaculture

Jamie Johansen

According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12% increase in feed production in 2016. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey. These results are no surprise, but present a new set of challenges. Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement for Alltech, …

Soy Growers, Soyfoods Oppose Dairy Pride Act

Jamie Johansen

In a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) objected to draft legislation that would restrict the marketing of soymilk. S. 130, referred to as the Dairy Pride Act, would prohibit the term “milk” from being used with soymilk and soymilk-based products, under …

#USsoy Brings Competitive Advantage to Aquaculture

Jamie Johansen

Iowa no-till corn and soybean farmer, Rolland Schnell, was one of the many farmers from states throughout the Midwest who trekked south to Panama for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) Aquaculture Educational Opportunity. During the event we spent a day at the Panama Canal getting a full glimpse of the important role infrastructure plays …

The Story of Pretelt Gourmet Meats

Jamie Johansen

Last week while attending the U.S. Soybean Export Federation’s Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama we took a quick detour from fish and visited a local steakhouse for dinner. As you walked into Pretelt Gourmet Meats you might have guessed you were stepping into a wild west saloon or an old school butcher shop. If the decor didn’t get …

Americans to Eat 1.33 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

Jamie Johansen

A National Chicken Council (NCC) annual report expects the consumption of the unofficial Super Bowl staple, the chicken wing, to hit 1.33 billion wings. NCC’s 2017 Wing Report estimates that Americans will eat 1.33 billion wings during Super Bowl LI weekend. That figure is up 2 percent, or 30 million wings, from 2016’s report – and up 6.5 percent, or …

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, …

Iowa Food Banks Receive Massive Egg Donation

Lizzy Schultz

The Food Bank of Iowa is receiving a full truckload of eggs this week, thanks to a donation from the Iowa Egg Council and Fareway Stores, Inc. The donation is the result of a holiday season campaign and partnership between Fareway and the Iowa Egg Council. Throughout the campaign, which ran from December 19 through December 24, every purchase of …

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 …