Talk about Ethanol Exports at #Grains17

Cindy Zimmerman

Exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers feed co-products were a big topic at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 14th International Marketing Conference & 57th Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama and USGC president and CEO Tom Sleight says the export picture is changing but still positive for both. In this interview with AgWired reporter Lizzy Schultz, Sleight also talks …

audio, Ethanol, exports, Livestock

2017 International Production & Processing Expo

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), sponsored by Novus International . Formally known as the International Poultry Expo, the event has expanded in recent years to become the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, with a focus on innovation, education, networking, and expanding the global reach of …

audio, IPPE, Livestock, Novus International, Pork, Poultry

Anaplasmosis Animal AgCast

Cindy Zimmerman

In this AnimalAgCast we discuss one of the most talked about issues in animal agriculture circles these days. January 2017 brought us the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension, has spoke to a number of groups across the country educating vets and producers on the VFD and serving as a key resource for continued questions. …

Animal AgCast, audio, Beef, Livestock

USDA Announces New GIPSA Rules

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced updated regulations under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The “Farmer Fair Practices Rules” outline “common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act.” Joining Vilsack for the announcement were National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson and Mike Weaver, president of the …

Ag Group, audio, Livestock, USDA

North American Meat Institute Economic Analysis

Cindy Zimmerman

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) conducted a new economic impact analysis, along with John Dunham & Associates, identifying the U.S. meat and poultry industries account for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). The complete release on the analysis can be found here. NAMI held a press conference this morning to discuss …

audio, Livestock, Meat, potatoes

USDA Secretary Addresses Dairy and Meat Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the joint meeting of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB), and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) in Orlando this week, highlighting the positives in the face of lower milk prices and discussing the opportunities for the industry to move forward in the future. In an …

audio, Dairy, Livestock, USDA

AFIA Reaction to Food Safety Modernization Act

Jamie Johansen

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) hosted a press conference to provide their reaction to the Food Safety Modernization Act “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” final rule. The call featured staff experts Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, and Leah Wilkinson, director of ingredients, pet food and …

Ag Group, Feed, Food, Livestock

Canada and Mexico on COOL Retaliation

Cindy Zimmerman

With the World Trade Organization Wednesday to hear formal requests from Mexico and Canada to retaliate against the United States over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat products, a Global Business Dialogue panel at the National Press Club Tuesday was very timely. The panel, which was sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council, featured representatives from both countries discussing …

audio, Beef, government, Livestock, Pork

House Votes to Repeal COOL for Meat

Cindy Zimmerman

By a vote of 300 to 131, the House of Representatives passed legislation late Wednesday to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and chicken. “I am thankful for the support of my colleagues today in passing this common-sense, bipartisan bill that is a necessary targeted response to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico,” said House Agriculture Committee …

audio, government, Livestock, Meat, trade

New Food Bio Security Facility Groundbreaking

Cindy Zimmerman

This week Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack helped to break ground on the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. Secretaries Johnson and Vilsack were joined by a number of dignitaries on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas, …

audio, Food, government, Livestock