Animal Ag News 2/17

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Pork Board has opened the application period for a new series of swine research fellowships to provide a pipeline of highly skilled employees for the pork industry. The application deadline is February 25.
  • U.S. pork exports finished 2019 on a high note, setting new records for both value and volume, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. For the year, 5.89 billion pounds of U.S. pork and pork variety meats valued at $6.952 billion were exported to countries around the world, up 10 percent and nine percent respectively from 2018.
  • New Holland Agriculture announced the launch of the BigBaler™ 340 High Density, now the most efficient large square baler in its segment. Attendees of World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, this week will be among the first in North America to see the new baler.
  • The Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program is currently accepting applications from poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs. Application forms can be obtained on the website. The application deadline is April 10.
  • The 2020 World Pork Expo is back at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for its 32nd year. The expo will take place on June 3-5, providing pork professionals with three full days of education, innovation, and networking.
  • Case IH is adding a premium tractor in a compact design to its livestock portfolio with the new Vestrum™ series tractor.
  • Fifty high school students from across the country will arrive in Kansas City, Mo., and explore careers in the animal systems industry during the NextGen conference, offered by the National FFA Organization.
  • Learn how to condition calmness in both humans and animals. On Thursday, April 9, Don Höglund will lead a general session and an optional hands-on post-conference session at the 2020 Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Annual Conference about how animals respond to different handling techniques.
  • The Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative today launched a new podcast — “Dairy Stream” — that opens a door to dairy’s many dimensions. The podcast topics will range from emerging technology and customer trends to government policy and innovation in conservation.
  • Guillermo Tellez, a senior at the University of Arkansas, was named the Frank Perdue Scholarship Student of the Year during the USPOULTRY Foundation College Student Career Program, held in conjunction with the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo.
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