NPPC Seeks Waiver From ELD Mandate

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council (NNP) have asked for a waiver and exemption for livestock haulers from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that could have negative effects on animal well-being. The petition was sent on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and other livestock sectors, requesting the waiver and exemption because of concerns about the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) …

Ag Group, Livestock, NPPC, Pork, Transportation

John Deere 5R Series Utility Tractor – Power & Versatility

jamie johansen

Offering tractors from 90 to 125 engine hp, the John Deere 5R series tractors were on display at the 2017 Farm Progress Show. Attendees saw first-hand the advanced technology to the utility tractor provides, meeting many farming demands. John Doyle, product marketing manager, took us through key product specs and the ideal customer of this new product offering. “The 5R …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, Forage, Hay, John Deere, Livestock

John Deere 2025R Compact Tractor Gets Complete Overhaul

jamie johansen

The completely redesigned John Deere 2025R Compact Utility Tractor has a Final Tier 4-compliant diesel engine providing customers with an easy-to-use, versatile machine designed to tackle a variety of jobs. Jon Schebler, product manager for the 2025R series, took us through the specs of the redesigned tractor at the 2017 Farm Progress Show. “When we think of this kind of …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, John Deere, Livestock

American Sheep Industry Adds $5.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

Jamie Johansen

Our nation’s 88,000 sheep producers generated a total economic impact of $5.8 billion in 2016, according to the American Sheep Industry Association’s 2017 Economic Impact Study. With over $500 million in farm gate receipts for sheep and lambs, value added from processing, wool, and retail; the American sheep industry contributes over $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy, with a …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, ASI, Lamb, Livestock, Sheep

More Relief for Livestock Producers in Drought States

cindy zimmerman

USDA is making the use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands available for emergency grazing and haying in and around portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota affected by severe drought. “We are working to immediately address the dire straits facing drought-stricken farmers and ranchers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “USDA is fully considering and authorizing any federal …

AgWired Animal, Beef, Livestock, usda

Arkansas Cattlemen Take On the Black Headed Vulture

jamie johansen

Cattle producers seek depredation order from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service allowing producers to control an invasive vulture species stalking and killing livestock. I was recently in North Central Arkansas where I saw first hand the devistation the Black Headed Vulture leaves in it’s wake. Adam McClung, Executive Vice President, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), said, “The Black Headed Vultures …

AgWired Animal, Audio, Beef, Livestock

SMART Farmer Jennifer Houston

cindy zimmerman

This edition of the SMART Farmer podcast features Tennessee native Jennifer Houston, a livestock market owner and beef cattle industry leader, who talks about how the business of producing and marketing beef cattle has become smarter in recent years. Houston is currently Vice President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and serves on the board of the U.S. Farmers and …

AgWired AgNewsWire, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Livestock, NCBA, SMART Farmer, USFRA

Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

jamie johansen

The Pork Checkoff hosted the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Thursday, June 29, 2017. This quarterly teleconference featured three agricultural economists and their reactions to the report. Panelists included: Dr. Lee Schulz, Extension Livestock Economist, Iowa State University Dr. Scott Brown, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia Joe Kerns, President, Kerns & Associates, Ames, IA Reports seemed to …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Livestock, Pork, Swine, usda

A World of First’s in PRRSV Research

jamie johansen

The world’s only provider of mucosal PRRSV and flu vaccines, Aptimmue, officially launched during the 2017 World Pork Expo. The vaccine utilizes the BARRICADE proprietary technologies and takes advantage of high-titer PRRSV antigen produced on ZMAC, the world’s only commercially available porcine based alveolar macrophage cell line. During the launch, I sat down with Dr. Jianqiang Zhang, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Livestock, Pork, Swine, Veterinary, World Pork Expo

Brownfield Livestock Market Reporter to Retire

cindy zimmerman

Veteran farm broadcaster Jerry Passer is retiring – for real this time. Jerry already retired once after almost 20 years at WMT Radio and TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but he came out of retirement in 2002, signing a six month agreement to cover livestock markets for Brownfield Ag News that turned into almost 15 years. “For almost 35 years …

AgWired Animal, Brownfield, Livestock, Media