Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump made no direct mention of agriculture in his first State of the Union address, but he did address important issues for agriculture and rural America including infrastructure and immigration, trade and taxes. Trump called on Congress to “produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs,” …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, NFU, USDA

U.S. Poultry & Egg Elects New Leadership

Jamie Johansen

Tom Hensley, president, Fieldale Farms, Baldwin, Ga., was elected chairman of the board of directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo. A native of West Virginia, Hensley graduated with a degree in business from Marshall University. Before joining Fieldale Farms, Hensley was a tax manager …

AgWired Animal, IPPE, Poultry

Animal Ag Bites 1/29

Carrie Muehling

The new line of Eggland’s Best Chicken Food and Chick Food features the same wholesome, all-vegetarian formula used by EB egg farmers. The formula consists of premium ingredients rich in 15 vitamins and minerals that helps hens be healthier and of course results in healthier eggs too. Multiple varieties will be available for both chickens and chicks, including a USDA …

AgWired Animal, Animal Bites

2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey Results

Jamie Johansen

The 2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the second consecutive year, with a total of 1.07 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2017. The growth seen in 2017 was strong at 2.57 percent over last year. The feed industry, valued at $430 billion, has seen 13 percent growth …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Alltech, Audio, Feed, International, Livestock

Aptimmune Completes $6 Million Series B Funding

Jamie Johansen

Aptimmune Biologics has completed its Series B funding initiative, raising more than $6 million from several investors. This increases the combined total investment to almost $9 million, generated by the company through three rounds of funding. “Aptimmune is thrilled to receive strong investor support during this critical time in our development,” said Aaron Gilbertie, Aptimmune CEO. “The Series B funds …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Swine

Veal Myths Busted

Jamie Johansen

Did you know milk-fed veal calves are raised significantly different today? The American Veal Association (AVA) made a goal in 2007 to move completely to group housing over a ten-year period. Since then, AVA members have researched the best facilities to provide optimal care and the financial resources to make it happen by the end of 2017. I had the …

AgWired Animal, American Veal Association, Audio, Dairy, Livestock, Meat

Animal Ag Bites 1/22

Carrie Muehling

The National Pork Board is seeking the next America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, with applications now open for the annual industry award at americaspigfarmer.com. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and in sharing his or her story with the public. The application period is open through …

AgWired Animal, Animal Bites

Proposed Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its continued effort to modernize inspection systems through science-based approaches to food safety. USDA is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to establish a new voluntary inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), while also requiring additional pathogen sampling for all …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, NPPC, Pork, Swine, USDA

DBMMC Now Officially Edge

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s official – Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative is now Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. The formal resolution was passed at the cooperative’s annual business meeting this week during the Dairy Strong conference in Wisconsin. The co-op’s new name was unveiled in November with the tagline “The voice of milk” and a fresh approach to representing dairy farmer members. Edge provides …

AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy

New Coalition Advocates For NAFTA Preservation

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 30 organizations have joined to form Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition dedicated to preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by educating political leaders about its importance to agriculture. The groups represent growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers, including major industry organizations such as American Farm Bureau, Corn Refiners Association, National …

AFBF, Ag Group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Corn, Trade