Back-to-School Breakfast Tips From Milk Farmers

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

florida milkFlorida Dairy Farmers want to make sure the kids heading back to school have more than just paper, pencils and a backpack. The list of school day must-haves also should include a healthy breakfast.

The benefits of a nutritious morning meal are not isolated to students’ health, the pay-off extends to their studies as well. In fact, research shows that students who eat breakfast score higher on tests, have fewer absences and have better behavior and memory than students who don’t eat breakfast.

A healthy breakfast should consist of nutrient-rich foods, which will help children meet the mark for key nutrients they need for proper growth and development. Foods like eggs, fruits and vegetables, dairy and whole-grains are all great foundations for building a healthy morning meal.

Here are some ideas that can help make breakfast fun, fast and easy”
– Fruit and yogurt smoothies are quick and versatile. The array of possible fruit combinations means that there is a smoothie to fit just about anyone’s preference.
– Whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk is always a good choice. Throwing in sliced fruit will add some natural sweetness.
– Grapes, apples and strawberries paired with low-fat cheese sticks are great grab-and-go options if time is severely limited.

“Eating breakfast has always been important from a nutrition standpoint, and the positive impacts it can have on a student’s in-school performance makes having breakfast even more critical,” said Alyssa Greenstein, RD, LD/N, registered dietitian with Florida Dairy Farmers and president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Breakfast, whether at home or at school, gives kids the brain boost they need to be better students.”

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, Milk, Nutrition

American Royal’s Boots & Business After Hours

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 5.38.07 PMThe American Royal is switching things up a bit in September with Boots & Business After Hours, on Wednesday, September 16 at The Gallery in the Power & Light District.

This event will feature a panel discussion from The Business of Agriculture in Kansas City. In addition to prime networking opportunities with the leadership of the American Royal and other business and industry leaders, attendees will have a chance to show off their boots as they announce the ‘Best Boots in KC’.

Boots and Business After Hours is your opportunity to connect with the leadership of the American Royal, as well as business and industry leaders from across the region. Boots and Business will also feature a panel discussion on the Business of Agriculture in Kansas City. All proceeds from Boots and Business After Hours will benefit the American Royal’s mission to promote and celebrate excellence in agricultural education and to develop future generations of leaders.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 816-569-4023.

Agribusiness, Events, Livestock

Diversity Emerging in Swine Diseases

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

bivi-swine-health-15-gaugerAdd IAV-S to the list of letters that are being used to identify swine diseases.

Never heard of that one before the Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI) North Carolina swine seminar last week. It stands for Influenza A Virus for Swine. “In general, the reason that we’re even utilizing a different term for influenza infections in swine is to represent the accuracy and a different image,” said Dr. Phil Gauger of Iowa State University. That’s basically because they are so common, in swine and all other species.

During his presentation at the seminar, Gauger highlighted the genetic diversity of the viruses being seen and why they’re being considered an emerging type of disease. “It’s been present in pigs for a long time but we’ve got other pathogens that are considered emerging as they change and our production systems have changed,” he said. “They’re tending to still cause disease, but maybe on a different level as far as severity and different clinical presentations as well.”

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Dr. Phil Gauger, Iowa State University

2015 BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar Photos

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Hogs and Pigs Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

bivi-swine-health-15-plainDr. Ron Plain has been a trusted voice for livestock industry economics at the University of Missouri since 1981, but he is heading into at least semi-retirement.

“I’m retiring on September 1,” said Plain, who spoke at the Boehringer Ingeheim (BIVI) swine seminar in North Carolina last Friday. “So this is one of my last opportunities as a professor to go out and talk to hog producers.” But, Dr. Plain says Mizzou has already hired him on part time after retirement and he will continue to do some consulting work for the industry.

At the seminar, Dr. Plain did what he does best – provide an outlook for the swine industry. “The pork industry is a growth industry – over long term it’s grown one and half percent per year – and every indication is that it’s going to continue to grow,” he said. “Feed costs are down now, that helps the bottom line. Hog farmers have been making some fairly good money, particularly last year, that’s leading to expansion … and so prices are a lot lower. As you look forward, looks like maybe a break even situation for pork producers in 2016.”

In this interview, Plain also considers the export situation and the impact of PED virus on the industry. Interview with Dr. Ron Plain, University of Missouri

2015 BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar Photos

Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, economics, Pork, Swine

America’s Renewable Future Makes Progress

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

L-R: Absolute Energy CEO Rick Schwark, ARF co-chair Bill Couser, ARF coordinator Eric Branstad, and ACE EVP Brian Jennings

L-R: Absolute Energy CEO Rick Schwark, ARF co-chair Bill Couser, ARF coordinator Eric Branstad, and ACE EVP Brian Jennings

It was only eight months ago that America’s Renewable Future (ARF) was launched in Iowa with the goal of educating presidential candidates about agriculture and biofuels in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in particular. But what the coalition has accomplished in that short time has been so impressive that the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized them with the organization’s policy and legislative leadership award this year.

ARF co-chair Bill Couser – a livestock producer and ethanol advocate from Nevada, Iowa – says it’s been quite a year. “It’s kind of amazing the people that we’ve been able to meet,” he said. “And to be able to get the candidates out to our farms and ranches and take them to the ethanol plants and showcase what Iowa really is, I think they go back with a different understanding of who we are and why we do what we do.”

It’s also helped Iowa farmers and ranchers understand the candidates better. “I think one thing we’ve been able to bring out in these candidates is ‘who are you really?’,” said Couser. “You talk about their wives and their kids – we want to know that here in the Midwest.”

Couser says he still wants to get Hillary Clinton out to his operation near Nevada, Iowa “to get her out on our farms and ranches and actually show her about corn production and show her where ethanol’s made and show her what that’s done for our schools and our roads and how important that is for our country,” he said.

In this interview, Couser also talks about his testimony at the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard, his unique perspective as a cattle producer and ethanol advocate, and why he is so involved with the American Coalition for Ethanol: Interview with Bill Couser, America's Renewable Future

2015 ACE Annual Meeting Photos

Audio, Cattle, distillers grains, ethanol, Livestock

Emerging Swine Diseases – Past and Future

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

bivi-swine-health-15-desrosiersLessons learned from swine diseases already present can help us deal with any that come up in the future, according to Dr. Robert Derosiers with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) Canada, who talked about past and future emerging swine diseases at this year’s North Carolina swine seminar.

“For some diseases that are easily transmitted indirectly, an individual approach is usually not good enough, we need a collective approach,” said Derosiers. “The best example would be PRRS. We’ve been talking about biosecurity for PRRS for 15 years and individual efforts so far have not done the job.”

Collective could mean on a regional basis, or even global. “If we’re losing $500 million a year because of that bug (PRRS), can we try to do something on a country basis, maybe?” said Derosiers.

Looking ahead, Derosiers says a bigger concern is when diseases mutate and change. “For some of the emerging pathogens that we have had, and PRRS is one of them, there’s nothing we can do because this bug was there way before it began to create problems, so it evolved,” he said. “This is a sign of the future that there will be some bugs that we will not be able to prevent the emergence.” Which is why he stresses that the collective approach will become even more important in the future.

Listen to Chuck’s interview with Dr. Derosiers here: Interview with Dr. Richard Derosiers, BIVI

2015 BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar Photos

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Preparing for Foreign Animal Diseases

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

bivi-swine-health-15-bectonPork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend.

“FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases we don’t want to come here.”

Becton says being prepared is important for a number of reasons. “Trade is a big issue. We want to make sure that we don’t have trade disruption because if an FAD does get to the U.S., that’s the first thing that’s going to happen,” she said.

Preparedness involves several key elements. “Just people having a premises identification for their farm, doing disease surveillance, and working with a veterinarian if they see something unusual and report it early,” said Becton.

Learn more in this interview with Dr. Becton: Interview with Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board

2015 BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar Photos

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Pork Checkoff, Swine

NW Food Processors Talk Biosecurity for Poultry

John Davis Leave a Comment

NWFPAThe bird flu epidemic in the Midwest has grabbed the attention of livestock producers and food processors across the country. The Northwest Food Processors Association brought together experts to Puyallup, Washington, to talk about biosecurity and to learn from the recent epidemic that devastated egg producers in the Midwest. The message to attendees: What happened there could happen here, and you’ll never be fully prepared for it.

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus is carried primarily by wild geese and ducks, which are largely unaffected by the disease, and can be spread to domestic poultry during migratory seasons. A particular strain of avian influenza, H5N2, was confirmed in a backyard chicken flock in Washington State. The HPAI epidemic in the Midwest a few months ago resulted in the destruction of 50 million chickens and turkeys.

Several poultry researchers and veterinarians participated in the summit, and the message they brought with them was that producers in the Midwest were not prepared for an avian flu outbreak. However, the disease can overtake hundreds of thousands of chickens on a single egg farm in a matter of hours; an entire flock can be dead in about 10 days.

“What the Midwest experience showed us vividly was that an avian flu outbreak on a commercial poultry farm is a challenging, and potentially nightmarish experience,” said Greg Satrum, vice president of Willamette Egg Farms in Canby, Oregon. “It’s in our best interest as an industry to work collaboratively with other poultry farms and state authorities to keep the virus out of production facilities.”

How to increase biosecurity was the biggest topic at the meeting.

Agribusiness, avian flu, Food, Poultry

Zoetis Completes Expansion of SYNOVEX Facility

John Davis Leave a Comment

Zoetis Ribbon Cutting1Zoetis has completed an expansion of its global manufacturing and supply facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, to help meet the demand for SYNOVEX implants. The company says the new 19,000-square-foot facility will produce the product which helps improve gain and feed efficiency in beef cattle.

“Enhancing our manufacturing capacity is an important step we have taken to make sure our customers know they can rely on us to bring them the high-quality SYNOVEX implants they have used for decades,” said Paul Parker, senior marketing manager with Zoetis. “Cattle performance is more important than ever in this era of high cattle prices, and SYNOVEX implants can help our customers maximize the productivity of their cattle.”

Continued investment in new products and environmental impact
Zoetis continues to invest in research and development of SYNOVEX. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a label extension for SYNOVEX CHOICE® for use in heifers.

In 2014, the FDA completed an environmental impact review of SYNOVEX CHOICE, the first beef-cattle implant to receive such an assessment. The FDA evaluated and approved data from in-depth environmental modeling studies completed by Zoetis, which examined exposure of the active ingredients in SYNOVEX CHOICE — trenbolone acetate and estradiol benzoate — and their metabolites. The studies also evaluated direct impact of these ingredients. The FDA issued Zoetis a FONSI (finding of no significant impact) on the environmental assessment, including waterways, air, plants or aquatic species, when used according to label directions.1

“The Zoetis commitment to SYNOVEX has never been stronger,” Parker said. “We have actively secured new label claims and new product approvals from the FDA as well as completed the scientific research necessary to meet the FDA’s rigorous standards to protect the environment. Together with a significant investment in our manufacturing facility in Lincoln, we are taking a leap forward to meet the global demand for SYNOVEX implants.”

Beef, Cattle, Zoetis

Swine Health on the Beach

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

BIVI Swine Health SeminarWould you be talking about swine health at the beach? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica does. It’s their annual Summer Swine Health Seminar taking place at Wrightsville Beach, NC. My name badge says, Cindy Zimmerman’s Husband.” Why? Because she usually covers this event. This year she couldn’t so here I am.

To get a preview of the program here I spoke with Del Birkhofer, Executive Director, Swine Business, BIVI. He says the mission of BIVI is “Value through innovation.” Innovation often implies new products but Del says it goes beyond that and includes education. To that end the program here includes a number of presenters on topics meant to help attendees make better informed decisions.

You can listen to my interview with Del here: Interview with Del Birkhofer, BIVI

I’m collecting photos for you to view and share here: 2015 BIVI Summer Swine Health Seminar

Agribusiness, Animal Welfare, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine