Animal Ag Bites 2/3

Carrie Muehling

  • An initial agenda is now available for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Stakeholders Summit, themed Primed & Prepared.
  • The turnout for the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo approached 32,000 poultry, meat and feed industry attendees from all over the world. This year saw an 8 percent increase in the number of buyers. In addition, the show has more than 573,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,376 exhibitors. Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and animal food industry event of its kind.
  • U.S. Poultry & Egg Association presented the organization’s annual Lamplighter Award to six individuals at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo. The award pays tribute to individuals for “sustained and exemplary service” to the poultry and egg industry.
  • Greg Hinton, vice president of sales, Rose Acre Farms, Seymour, Indiana, was elected chairman of the board of directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
  • MVP Dairy, LLC of Celina, Ohio was recognized as the 2020 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a special ceremony this week at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. MVP Dairy is a partnership between two, fourth-generation farm families, the McCarty Family of Kansas and the VanTilburg Family of Ohio.
  • Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City, March 4-6, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. For the full agenda and to register, visit
  • The National Pork Board will host its annual Pork Management Conference, April 20-23, 2020, in Destin, Florida.
  • Strong Animals®, a brand of Ralco announced that its line of natural products designed to enhance the overall health of backyard chicken flocks is now available on Amazon.
  • Mile Four is a new eCommerce store shipping fresh, organic whole grain chicken feed nationwide. Offering subscription and one-time sales, the company is targeting the growing backyard chicken market. The feed starts at $9.00 and customers can save $10 off their first order:
  • The National Pork Board announced more than 2 million servings of pork have been donated in the last two months by pig farmers working together to help fight food insecurity in their local communities. The donations – made through the national Hams Across America effort – showcase the pork industry’s commitment to the We CareSM ethical principles, including a focus on community.
  • The American Feed Industry Association and Feedstuffs congratulate Koch Farms of Morton, Miss., for being named the 2019 Feed Facility of the Year.
  • The American Sheep Industry Association handed out a number of awards at its annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Legislation has been introduced in seven state legislatures which would completely prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. To date, these states include Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, New York, Florida, and Virginia.
  • Nearly 500 ranchers convened at Denver’s Renaissance Hotel for the National Bison Association‘s 25th anniversary convention celebrating the organization’s accomplishments while planning for continued growth in the years ahead.
  • The National Buffalo Foundation has inducted Dave Carter, executive director of the Westminster, CO-based National Bison Association, as the 31st member of the National Buffalo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed in the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council announced opposition to H.R. 5737, the Voluntary Grazing Permit Retirement Act, introduced by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). The bill would require federal land management agencies to permanently end livestock grazing on any allotments where the current permittee has accepted a payout in exchange for relinquishment of their term grazing permit.
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