A Roadmap Through American Lamb

Jamie Johansen

American Lamb Board chairman, Dan Lippert, provided an update on the lamb industry and some programs they are promoting that help producers and consumers alike. We chatted during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk held in Kansas City, MO. “The Roadmap was initiated because we saw some extreme volatility in the markets. Producers were concerned about longterm profitability. …

Ag Group, Audio, Lamb, NAFB, Sheep

Update on Animal Ag Programs from Trade Talk

Jamie Johansen

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Animal Ag Alliance and current Executive Vice President of the US Poultry & Egg Association, Paul Pressley, spoke with me in the Alliance booth during the recent Trade Talk at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. He shared with me a few of the most recent programs they are working …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, NAFB

Celebrating Exciting Times in American Sheep

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Trade Talk brought me to the American Sheep Industry Association booth during last week’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. Executive director for American Sheep, Peter Orwick, recapped the wool and lamb markets and shared some exciting news about the organization. “Very strong prices in 2014. Feeder lambs selling over $2 a pound. The attitude among the …

Ag Group, Audio, Lamb, Livestock, Meat, NAFB, Sheep, Wool

Sales, Innovation & Customer Trust

Jamie Johansen

The team from Midwest Dairy Association was out in full force for National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk. I spoke with Mike Kruger, Midwest Dairy’s CEO, about current market trends, new partnerships formed to promote milk and how they instill consumer confidence into each and every product they produce. “Things have been going very well for dairy farmers in …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, Dairy Checkoff, Milk, NAFB

NCBA CEO Introduces USFRA Faces

Cindy Zimmerman

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Forrest Roberts had the honor of introducing the new US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance “Faces of Farming and Ranching” at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention last week in Kansas City. “This is the second class of really great talented farmers and ranchers from across the country to serve as spokespersons for the USFRA,” …


Protein Export Numbers

Jamie Johansen

Leann Saunders, Chairman U.S. Meat Export Federation, was on hand during National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk to update us all on current and future export numbers for beef, pork and lamb. “It has been a great year for exports when you look at statistics January through December. We’ve seen unprecedented growth, 5 billion in pork exports, 5 billion …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Export, International, Lamb, Meat, NAFB, Pork

NCBA Update from Washington

Jamie Johansen

Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs, gave updates on hot issues facing the beef industry at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk. He encourages all producers to step up and stay engaged with the political process. Topics discussed include Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), Water of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the most …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, Government, NAFB, NCBA

Secretary Vilsack Addresses Animal Ag Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed a number of topics at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention, including the proposed second beef checkoff. The Secretary was asked why he is proposing the additional checkoff to be implemented by the end of next year. “This is about getting more money into the system,” Vilsack said. “If you can get …

Audio, Beef Checkoff, farm programs, NAFB, Trade, usda

Meet the new USFRA Faces

Taylor Truckey

At the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention on Wednesday, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announced the winners of its second class of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program. The new “Faces” are (pictured left to right) Thomas Titus of Illinois, Jay Hill of New Mexico, Erin Brenneman of Iowa, Carla Wardin of Michigan, and Darrell …