SMART Farmer Anne Meis

cindy zimmerman

Anne Meis is a family farmer from Elgin, Nebraska who raises corn, soybeans, and beef with her husband Jim, and serves on the boards of the Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). In this SMART farmer podcast episode, she talks about the importance of technology such as genetically modified crops for smart farmers. She also …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Audio, SMART Farmer, Soybean, sustainability, USFRA

Novus Advances Sustainable Animal Ag Initiatives

Jamie Johansen

Novus International, Inc. released its annual sustainability report, highlighting improvements made toward its sustainable business goals during the last year. The report marks 2016 as a year where several large projects were launched, goals to reduce emissions were achieved and manufacturing processes were streamlined. “We don’t just talk about minimizing pollution or reducing waste, we create real, actionable plans to …

Agribusiness, Novus International, Nutrition, sustainability

USFRA Promotes Agricultural Sustainability at Conference

cindy zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) is at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Detroit this week to showcase the sustainability of farmers and ranchers and unveil the first-ever Agriculture in America Sustainability Report. The sustainability report builds on key insights from USFRA’s annual research that aims to identify and gain a clearer understanding of consumers’ perception of sustainability in …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, sustainability, USFRA

New Forage Seed Mixture Benefits Bees & Livestock

Jamie Johansen

In response to America’s urgent needs to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators. Proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will be donated to further sustainable agriculture research programs. “We have put together a great formula with a …

Agribusiness, Audio, bees, environment, Feed, Grazing, Livestock, Research, sustainability

Tuna Feed Research Leads to Sustainable Tuna Farming

Jamie Johansen

The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program funded feed research by Dr. Alejandro Buentello of Ichthus Unlimited, LLC in the pursuit of finding sustainable tuna aquaculture. Various soy-based diets for use in tuna farming and ranching were tested and “Feeding Bluefin,” is a video summarizing the research project and its potential impact on protecting endangered wild tuna stocks. “The successful research …

Ag Group, Aquaculture, Feed, Fish, soybeans, sustainability

Sustainable Innovation on Dairy Farms

Jamie Johansen

Elanco Animal Health’s seminar at the Central Plains Dairy Expo highlighted the role of innovation in the dairy industry. Dr. Roger Cady, Global Sustainability Lead, Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco talked about the positive impact of innovation on the I-29 Dairy Corridor which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. “Producers along the I-29 Corridor are recognized as leaders …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dairy, dairy farming, Elanco, energy, environment, Livestock, sustainability

DFA, Vanguard Renewables Partner On Renewable Energy

Lizzy Schultz

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Vanguard Renewables have announced a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country. Although renewable energy methods, like anaerobic digesters that convert manure to energy, offer solutions to the waste management and sustainability challenges facing the dairy industry, they are not broadly used on American dairy farms. The …

Ag Group, Biogas, Dairy, energy, sustainability, Waste Management

Elanco Hosts Seminar On Dairy Industry Innovation

Lizzy Schultz

Elanco Animal Health held a seminar last month in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to highlight the role of innovation in the dairy industry. Elanco experts offered insight about the full costs of transition disease in the dairy industry and the impact of sustainability and innovation along the I-29 Dairy Corridor in Nebraska, …

Animal Health, Dairy, Elanco, sustainability

Place Yourself at the Table – The Future of Protein

Jamie Johansen

Future Food-Tech took place in San Francisco last week and brought together over 300 food business technology leaders, investors and food-tech innovators. Brad Greenway, Chairman, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) sat on a panel titled, “Creating Consumer Demand for Healthier and More Sustainable Ingredients.” As the sole panelist who represented the animal agriculture community, Brad was able to share …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Audio, Farming, Food, sustainability, Technology, USFRA

SMART Farms Take Center Stage on Ag Day

Jamie Johansen

This is the time of year things really get rolling in agriculture, making it a great time to celebrate National Ag Day. Yesterday the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) made the most of that day with a panel discussion about SMART farms and how producers today are growing sustainable, nutritious food and how to communicate that to consumers. The …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, sustainability, Technology, USFRA