Focused on Genomics Not Milk

Chuck Zimmerman

When you think of a dairy farm you think milk. Or, as in the case of Rocky Mountain Holsteins, you think genomics. Rod Churchill is the manager for the business, pictured with his wife during a Canadian Farm Writers Federation tour stop near Calgary, Alberta. Ron describes the business as an “elite breeding genetics farm.” They raise very expensive breeding …

Audio, CFWF, dairy farming, Genetics, International, Video

Alberta Youth Wins #WDE15 Fitting Contest

Lizzy Schultz

Lee Morey, 19 year old college student from Rochester, Alberta, claimed top honors out of a field of thirteen talented dairy youth in this year’s World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest. It is his second time winning the top honor, and his 5th consecutive year placing in the top five of the competition. Contestants had 60 minutes to fit their …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, contest, Dairy, dairy farming, International, World Dairy Expo, Youth

Alltech Presents at 2015 Latin American Poultry Congress

Jamie Johansen

Alltech contributed as a “Gold Participant” at the 24th Latin American Congress of the Poultry Industry (CLA2015) September 8-11 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The Congress gathered the region’s top producers, scientists and business managers in the poultry industry to discuss health, nutrition, genetics production and environmental management topics. With improved opportunities, greater challenges to the producer and an increasingly competitive market, …

Agribusiness, Alltech, International, Poultry

USMEF Weekly Audio Report

Jamie Johansen

In U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) weekly audio report we hear from Greg Hanes, USMEF assistant vice president of international marketing. He recently joined a group of U.S. producers in Japan and South Korea to promote Texas-style barbecue and the advantages of using U.S. beef – especially underutilized cuts – as part of the American dish. In the report Hanes …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, Food, International, USMEF

Alltech Recruiting Grads for Career Program

Kelly Marshall

Alltech is recruiting recent graduates to apply for the fourth annual Alltech Corporate Career Development Program.  Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are invited to apply now through September 30.  The program begins in February of 2016. Exciting opportunities are available for 10 high-calibre university graduates hoping to work with experts in the fields of science, aquaculture, agriculture, …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Intern, International

Missouri Grower Promotes Grain-fed Beef Overseas

Jamie Johansen

Missouri Corn Merchandising Council board member Greg Schneider of Warrenton, Mo., recently joined a trade delegation to promote U.S. corn-fed beef in Japan and Korea. Encouraging consumption of grain-fed beef with meat distributors and retailers, Schneider joined farmers from four other states on the U.S. Meat Export Federation mission July 26-Aug. 1. “The global livestock industry is a major user …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Export, International

Japanese Journalists Get Look at U.S. Beef Industry

Jamie Johansen

A team of Japanese technical journalists visited offices of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA), research facilities at Colorado State University (CSU) and cattle-production operations in Colorado. Funding support for the team’s visit was provided by the Beef Checkoff Program and the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and provided insight into the U.S. beef …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, International

Dairy Holds Up TPP Talks

Cindy Zimmerman

After a week of meetings on the Trans Pacific Partnership, trade ministers from a dozen nations left Hawaii last weekend with issues still unresolved but USTR Michael Froman says they remain optimistic. “We have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues,” said Froman, reading a joint statement from the ministers at the …

Audio, Dairy, Export, Government, International, Trade

Changes Coming to Dairy Import Licensing Program

John Davis

Changes are coming to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the changes are effective Sept. 1, 2015. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. A final rule published in today’s Federal Register ( …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Export, International, usda

NFU: Respect Consumers Wishes, Label Meat with COOL

John Davis

A new study shows that American consumers prefer meat raised in the U.S., and the National Farmers Union says Congress should respect consumers’ rights to know and reject efforts to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “Opponents of COOL have argued that it has no impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions,” said Johnson. “This study clearly shows the opposite: that consumers use COOL …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, COOL, International, legislation