U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Sets Course

Jamie Johansen

The common goal of continuously improving beef sustainability brought over 120 beef producers, retailers, foodservice operators, processors, academics, allied industry partners and non-governmental organizations to the first U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly meeting. “Continuously improving beef sustainability requires the cooperation and collaboration of every segment of the beef value chain, from the rancher to the consumer,” said USRSB …

Ag Group, Beef, sustainability

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to Meet

Chuck Zimmerman

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, started in March of this year, announced today the first general assembly meeting. When: July 14 and 15, 2015 Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center 650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202 Program here. Registration here. USRSB’s mission is to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in U.S. beef sustainability through leadership, …

Ag Group, Beef, sustainability

Proving Sustainability in Beef

Jamie Johansen

Discussion on the future of beef brought producers and industry leaders from around the world to Lexington, KY for Alltech’s REBELation this week. One of those speakers was Bob Langert, Editor at Large, Green Biz Group and retired McDonald’s VP of Sustainability. So naturally, he shared his thoughts on sustainability and how the industry needs to transform to survive. “I …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Beef, Cattle, sustainability

Land O'Lakes Member Farm Gets Sustainability Award

Jamie Johansen

Dorrich Dairy in Glenwood, MN, has been recognized with a 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability. Part of the Land O’Lakes, Inc. farmer-owned cooperative, the Vold family’s 400-cow dairy was selected for its holistic environmental approach. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® program recognizes outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for practices large and small that …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, Land O'Lakes, sustainability

Enviro, Economic & Social Pillars of Sustainability

Jamie Johansen

A panel of industry leaders shared their thoughts and research concerning sustainability during the recent Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit. Dr. Roger Cady, Sustainability Lead, Elanco Animal Health, said he liked to divide sustainability into the three pillars of environment, economic and social. “Farmers are the natural environmentalists of the land. Key to this is preserving our land, preserving our …

Ag Group, Animal Ag Alliance, Elanco, Food, sustainability

US Dairy Sustainability Awards Announced

Jamie Johansen

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the fourth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on May 7, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for practices large and small that not only focus on the environment, but add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, communities, cows, employees, the …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, sustainability

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Formed

Jamie Johansen

A group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). The multi-stakeholder roundtable will identify sustainability indicators, establish verification methodologies, and generate field project data to test and confirm sustainability concepts for use throughout the United States. The USRSB …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Beef, sustainability

Sustainable Nutrition Solutions from Novus

Jamie Johansen

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is well underway and the Novus International team was out in full force to share key elements in their sustainable nutrition solutions for the animal protein industry. I spoke with Ed Galo, Managing Director for Novus in North America, and he said that beyond presenting their sustainable nutrition solutions to customers they were …

Agribusiness, Audio, IPPE, Novus International, Nutrition, sustainability

Cargill Develops Beef Cattle Sustainability Assessment

Jamie Johansen

Cargill Cattle Feeders, LLC has entered into an agreement with Wichita-based consultancy Kennedy and Coe, LLC, in a joint effort to create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program for Cargill feed yards. Kennedy and Coe will leverage its extensive beef-industry and sustainability expertise and unique ResourceMax™ assessment service developed by the company’s Vela Environmental division. Based on the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, sustainability

Sustainability Is a Continuous Improvement, Not an Endpoint

Jamie Johansen

“Sustainability is a continuous improvement, not an endpoint,” said Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director, Office for Sustainability, University of Arkansas, during his presentation on Science Based Metrics for Sustainable Outcomes in Poultry and Egg Production at USPOULTRY’s 2014 Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Fla. The annual conference is sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and was held in collaboration …

Ag Group, Conservation, Poultry, sustainability, Water