Animal Ag News 5/4

Carrie Muehling

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson issued a statement supporting efforts to create local task forces to provide a framework to safely and efficiently reopen meatpacking facilities in a way that protects worker health and safety and begins to reduce the backup of hogs for processing in Minnesota and nationwide. The California Cattle Council, in conjunction with the California Cattlemen’s …

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Preview of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience

Cindy Zimmerman

Alltech has always been ahead of the curve as an animal health company and they are leading the way when it comes to response to COVID-19. The global company was the first to make changes in a conference by announcing on March 9 that its annual ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE) would go on as a virtual event. The …

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Animal Ag News 4/27

Carrie Muehling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the establishment of a National Incident Coordination Center to provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures. Additional details are available on the USDA website. R-CALF USA along with some of its members has launched a …

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Animal Ag News 4/20

Carrie Muehling

With the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on so many Americans, Zoetis is recognizing the resilience of cattle producers and initiating a special fundraising initiative to support those in need. Zoetis is asking cow/calf producers to submit inspiring pictures or videos at CalvingSeason.com to celebrate the commitment of cattle producers, and in turn, every submission will raise money to …

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USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Late Friday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure …

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Precision Ag News 4/15

Carrie Muehling

The Partnership for Ag Resource Management, a nonprofit project, has been working with agricultural retailers for almost a decade to increase sales of products and services that retain nutrients on fields and out of waterways. For the first time this year, the annual survey report incorporated the economic savings of these loss reductions per practice. View the full report for …

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Analysis Shows U.S. Agriculture Reducing Emissions

Cindy Zimmerman

American agriculture is more environmentally sustainably than ever. A new analysis of updated data from both USDA and EPA shows U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to reduce per-unit greenhouse gas emissions. All told, the U.S. agricultural sector accounts for less than 10% of total U.S. emissions. That’s less than the emissions from the transportation, electricity generation and industrial sectors. Globally, …

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Hog Farmers Face COVID-19 Financial Crisis

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) held a press conference Tuesday to outline the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry, causing hog values to plummet, and the immediate relief they are requesting from the administration and Congress. NPPC identified several measures federal policy makers could take to help the industry, including purchasing $1 billion in pork to clear out …

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Alltech Releases Series on COVID-19 and Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

To help colleagues, customers and the global agricultural community confronting COVID-19, Alltech has created a special discussion series, Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain. The free, on-demand series features experts from around the world as they share their insights into how the global pandemic is affecting the agriculture industry’s present and future. The series consists of presentations …

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Animal Ag News 4/13

Carrie Muehling

Extreme volatility in livestock markets is raising red flags across the country, leading the American Farm Bureau to urge the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to leave no stone unturned as they monitor and analyze market activity. In a letter sent last week to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, R-CALF USA urged …

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