SMART Pig Farmer Lauren Schwab

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of the SMART Farmer podcast comes from National Ag Day in Washington D.C. last week where USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching representative Lauren Schwab talked about SMART Farming on her families breed-to-wean farm in Ohio. Lauren, who is known as FarmGirlWCurls on Twitter and Facebook, loves sharing her love of piglets on social media and educating non-farmers …

Audio, Livestock, Pig, Podcast, USFRA

Handling Activist Investors at Animal Ag Alliance Summit

Jamie Johansen

Tim McIntyre of Domino’s Pizza and Kathryn Hembree Night of CamberView Partners will give attendees at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag” held May 3-4 in Kansas City, Mo. advice for handling activist investors and responding to shareholder resolutions. The panel, titled “Extremists in the Boardroom: Responding to Activist Investors” is sponsored by …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Ag Alliance, Animal Welfare, Livestock

President Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0

Jamie Johansen

The Public Lands Council (PLC) reports that President Trump has signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. Ethan Lane, executive director of PLC and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) federal lands, applauded the action and called it a significant victory for western ranchers. “BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule would have caused a …

Ag Group, Cattle, Government, Land, Livestock, PLC

Animal Ag Calls for Withdrawal of GIPSA

Jamie Johansen

Animal agriculture organizations united last week when they called on USDA to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) interim final and proposed rules, labeled with the misleading title, Farmer Fair Practices Rules. Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president, said the rules stand to threaten market incentives, the quality of American beef the industry is known …

Ag Group, Beef, Livestock, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Poultry, Turkey

Pork Checkoff Tours the No. 1 Customer for U.S. Pork Exports

Jamie Johansen

Members of the National Pork Board spent March 13-18 in Mexico City building trade relations. The delegation invested its time immersing itself in Mexico, which is one of America’s most important export markets. During the visit, the group emphasized the safety and reliability of the U.S. pork supply. “Our visit to Mexico was eye opening. As board members, we were …

Ag Group, Export, Livestock, Meat, Pork, Pork Checkoff

1st Online Brand Registration Program

Jamie Johansen

Kelly Registration Systems (KRS), a leading provider of essential information and automation solutions to the agribusiness industry, released a new software program to manage cattle brands for state departments of agriculture and stockmen’s associations. The online registrations of brands is being implemented to manage Kansas’ livestock brand registrations. According to Dr. Justin Smith of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Livestock

Animal Ag Cheers Ditch of WOTUS

Jamie Johansen

The animal agriculture community are smiles this week as they revel in the news about President Trump’s executive action regarding the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider. John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), said, “USPOULTRY is very pleased that the thousands of …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Government, Livestock, Water

Black Leg Ranch – Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

Jamie Johansen

Congratulations go to Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, ND. The ranch was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation. Dow Agrosciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation are sponsors of …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Conservation, environment, Livestock, NCBA

Livestock Groups Concerned With Trump’s Trade Action

Jamie Johansen

Animal ag groups jumped to respond to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said “We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock, Markets, Meat, National Milk, NCBA, Trade, USDEC, USMEF

Ag Groups Request Protection of Nation’s Public Lands

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation spearheaded a coalition of 18 other groups with vital interests in protecting the multiple uses of the nation’s public lands, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and American Sheep Industry (ASI), urging President-elect Donald Trump to work with Congress to pass legislation to improve accountability and transparency in the designation of national monuments. According …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASI, Farm Bureau, Land, Livestock, NCBA