NPPC Gives Voice to Producer Concerns

Kelly Marshall

Deputy Director of Economics and Domestic Production Issues for the National Pork Producers Council, Dustin Baker, was at the World Pork Expo last week talking with producers about their concerns for the future of the industry. Trade is always at the top of that list, Baker says, since pork is a global market, but already NPPC is looking forward to …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, NPPC, Pork, World Pork Expo

Pork Reaches a Changing Audience

Kelly Marshall

The consumer market is changing quickly, something the Pork Checkoff understands well. President Terry O’Neel announced at the World Pork Expo that the organization is putting the polish on a plan to reposition pork marketing towards the “three M’s”: Millennial, Mobile, and Multicultural audiences. “The Pork Checkoff has embarked on a journey to determine how best to market pork today,” …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Marketing, Pork, World Pork Expo

Pork Board Announces Secure Pork Supply Plan

Kelly Marshall

The National Pork Board, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has announced a new program at the World Pork Expo.  The Secure Pork Supply Plan is a voluntary program designed to support American farmers during a foreign animal disease outbreak. “The plan basically impacts producers in providing a mechanism for them to be able to differentiate themselves in …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Food Safety, Pork

#WPX17: A Showcase of the Pork Industry

Jamie Johansen

This week we hit the agriblogging highway for the 2017 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosts the annual event taking place June 7-9 and will feature the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions and of course pork of all …

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Meet the Company Building Farms in Parking Structures

Lizzy Schultz

Stuart Oda previously worked as an investment banker before serving as a co-founder of Alesca Life, a Beijing-based agriculture technology company that builds weather-proof, cloud-connected farms in order to enable local food production by anyone, anywhere. “We’ve developed technology for indoor farming, so it allows farmers to work in an environment that is far safer, cleaner, and closer to the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Food Security, Urban Agriculture

Iowa Gov and Ag Groups to Make China Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa’s new governor and the state’s agricultural organizations miss Terry Branstad so much that they are already planning a trip to see him in China. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will lead an all-Iowa agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28 with representatives from the state’s corn, pork, soy, beef, egg, poultry, dairy and turkey industries. The trip marks the first …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Beef, Corn, Ethanol, Pork, Soybean

Lighting Up Poultry Production With LED Sensors

Lizzy Schultz

Steve Parsons has been a part of the chicken industry throughout his entire life, and his company, Greengage Lighting Ltd, is using LED systems to help poultry and swine farmers further improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations. Parsons sat down with Jamie Johansen during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, where he gave a presentation on his company through …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Audio, Chicken

Feeding the World With Grasshopper Protein

Lizzy Schultz

When Dror Tamir founded Hargol Food Tech, he named it after the Hebrew word for grasshopper, and that isn’t a coincidence. The company, which develops solutions to combat global malnutrition and food insecurity, is pioneering the production and processing of grasshopper-based protein sources. Tamir sat down with our Jamie Johansen during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference to discuss his unique …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Food, Food Security, Meat

Moocall Text Alerts Connect Farmers to Their Animals

Lizzy Schultz

Emmet Savage was an Irish entrepreneur with business ventures in the areas of fashion importing and construction when he first got the idea for Moocall, a company that holds the power to revolutionize the challenges of calving season and bring a new form of smart farming technology to cattlemen all over the world. The creation and launch of Moocall sent …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Dairy, Technology

Ag Groups React to Trump’s Budget Proposal

Kelly Marshall

Despite Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s positive perspective, farm groups are reacting to Trump’s proposed 2018 budget in the opposite way. With more than $4 billion to be taken from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget, the Trump’s plan isn’t going over well with a whole host of ag organizations. Several organizations point out the significance of such a cut …

Ag Group, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government