Transforming Veterinary Medicine for the Future

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Several of the lecture sessions during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference centered around opportunities and innovations pertaining to animal health and nutrition, and many offered unique perspectives on ways to overcome the many challenges facing those fields. One of the most unique, comprehensive perspectives offered to attendees was that of Dr. Stephen Collett, DVM, a clinical professor at the University …

Ag Group, Alltech, Alltech Global Dairy/Beef, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Audio, FDA, Nutrition, Policy, Technology, University, Veterinary

NCBA President Testifies on the Farm Economy

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. He stressed to the subcommittee that over-regulation poses the greatest threat to the profitability of cattle producers. “Today we ask for no direct action from our government in our cattle marketing systems and forums,” said Brunner. “The cattle industry relies on the …

Ag Group, Beef, economics, NCBA, Policy

Dairy Groups Applaud School Milk Support

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Dairy leaders are applauding the House Education and Workforce Committee for their decision to include key dairy provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, an amendment approved today by the committee. The bipartisan amendment by Congressmen G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) is specifically targeted at addressing declining school milk consumption, and the document was …

Ag Group, consumer, Dairy, Food, idfa, Milk, National Milk, Policy, Youth

Lesser Prairie Chicken Appeal Applauded by NCBA

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Ethan Lane, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands and Public Lands Council (PLC) released a statement this week regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to drop their appeal of a federal court decision that overturned the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We are pleased that the …

Ag Group, Conservation, NCBA, PLC, Policy

NFU Supports Legislation to Ban Packer Ownership

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National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for reintroducing legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock: “The livestock market today is heavily concentrated among a handful of conglomerates, and our family farmers and ranchers are forced to compete in an increasingly uneven playing field in the marketplace. I applaud Senator Grassley for championing …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, NFU, Policy

AFIA Welcomes New Leadership At DC Meeting

Lizzy Schultz

Members of the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss current policy issues affecting the animal food industry, including the cumbersome Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The group attended a legislative briefing at the U.S. Capitol Building during the trip, and board members promoted AFIA positions on proposed legislation for GMO …

AFIA, Ag Group, Company Announcement, Feed, legislation, Policy

FDA Releases Final Antimicrobial Sales Rule

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the final rule and revision regarding the annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals in order to obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens, and turkeys). The revisions will improve industry understanding of how antimicrobials are sold …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, FDA, Policy, Veterinary

New Opportunities for U.S. Animal Ag in Vietnam

Jamie Johansen

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, traveled to Vietnam to meet with his counterparts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, among others, to discuss the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Vietnam remains one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, with U.S. exports totaling $2.3 billion in …

Ag Group, Beef, Dairy, Eggs, Export, Policy, Pork, Poultry, usda

Colorado Rancher Testifies Before House Committee

Lizzy Schultz

This week, fourth generation rancher Robbie LeValley, of Western Colorado, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on the potential consequences of the Administration’s critical habitat policy. LeValley’s meeting with the House comes in response to a rule recently finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that intends to change the regulations for designating critical habitat. While the Service …

Ag Group, Cattle, Conservation, Grazing, Land, NCBA, Policy

PLC & NCBA Say Senate Turned Back on West

Jamie Johansen

As part of the Energy Security and Research Bill (S.2012) passed by the U.S Senate, the Public Lands Council (PLC) said the Senate inappropriately included a provision permanently reauthorizing the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with a requirement that not less than 40% of LWCF money be spent on federal acquisitions. In the process, the Senators voted …

Ag Group, Land, NCBA, PLC, Policy