Poll Hijacking

Cindy Zimmerman

The question of whether agriculture should sit down with groups like HSUS to find “common cause” is our poll question this week on AgWired.com and while the answers had at first been running well against such dialogue, the poll has now been “hijacked” by HSUS supporters voting in favor. Overnight last week, the poll received nearly 400 responses in the …

Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, ZimmPoll

Should We Sit Down with HSUS in Common Cause

Chuck Zimmerman

Many eyebrows were raised during Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s speech at the AFBF convention yesterday. It was really a stand out moment in an otherwise pretty good speech and I wonder what you think about it. The photo is from his press conference following the closing session. Sec. Vilsack was talking about creating strategic alliances and reaching out to …

AFBF, Ag Group, Animal Activists, Audio, USDA, Vegetarians, Wackos

Pork Slogan Target of HSUS Lawsuit

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the most successful advertising slogans in the world of food is the target of a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed on Monday by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The lawsuit charges that the National Pork Board “struck an unlawful backroom deal with a D.C. lobbying organization for the purchase of the iconic …

Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Pork, Wackos

USDA “Meatless Mondays” Uproar

Cindy Zimmerman

An internal USDA Greening Update newsletter that promotes “Meatless Mondays” caused a bit of an uproar on Wednesday. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent out a news release linking to the newsletter and questioning USDA’s commitment to the livestock industry. The newsletter talked about various “greening” initiatives by the agency and suggested that “one simple way to reduce our …

Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Livestock, NCBA, USDA

Survey on Sow Housing Released at WPX

Cindy Zimmerman

Results of a survey issued opening day at the World Pork Expo show that the overwhelming majority of the U.S. sow herd spends some time in individual housing, known as gestation stalls. The findings confirm concerns by the National Pork Producers Council about food retailers who have bowed to demands of animal activists and announced they will use only pork …

Animal Activists, Audio, Pork, World Pork Expo

Thank Domino’s Ag Pizza Party Weekend

Cindy Zimmerman

We know what’s for dinner tonight – Domino’s Pizza! This weekend has officially been declared “Thank Domino’s Ag Pizza Party Weekend” by the agriculture social media community. It is our way of saying thanks to the pizza corporation for not caving into the demands of HSUS (Humane Society of the U.S.) Last month, Domino’s Pizza shareholders voted against a resolution …

Animal Activists, Farming, Food

Regulatory and Activist Lessons From Europe

Chuck Zimmerman

Lessons Learned From Europe was the topic addressed by Mike Sheldon, Greenway Farms Limited, during the opening session of the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. Mike talked about regulatory burdens and activist influence. You’ll hear him say in my interview with him that what’s happening there is coming here to the USA. I asked Mike what he wanted to …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Audio, International

Protect The Harvest Video

Chuck Zimmerman

Are you familiar with Protect the Harvest? Just received a press release from them about the video below. I sure understand their message but wish there was more information on who they are. “Protect The Harvest” released a controversial web video entitled “The Humane Society’s Rotten Eggs,” adding its voice to the growing outcry against the attempts by The Humane …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Video, Wackos