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

New Communications Director at Animal Ag Alliance

Melissa Sandfort

Animal Agriculture Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith announced the appointment of Emily Meredith as the Alliance’s new Director of Communications. Meredith, formerly of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, joins the Alliance after receiving her J.D., with a concentration in food and drug law, from Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey. As the Director of Communications, Meredith …

Agribusiness, Animal Agriculture

National Grange Releases Third e-Book

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Grange just released their third e-Book. They’re using my e-book store of preference, the Kindle Store. On Oct. 12, the National Grange released “Notes and Quotes: On the Origin of the Ritual and Early Years of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry” as a Kindle download available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. The text, written by author C. Jerome …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture

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

Organic Pig Farming

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. A group of agricultural journalists from many countries playing with some organic pigs. This is on the Asbergby Farm during the 2012 IFAJ Congress. We met Olle and Catharina Linder who are organic farmers raising pigs and cattle. You can see how they keep their pigs in the video. What do you think of …

Animal Agriculture, Farming, IFAJ, Media, Video

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

Livestock Reports Not Sexy, Hard to Understand, and At Risk

John Davis

For anyone who has ever done livestock market reports in the media, you know how complex and how intertwined they are. What happens in one market can greatly affect all of the others (including what goes on in the grain markets), and understanding these relationships is certainly not an easy task (doing markets for Chuck back during our days at …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Farm Foundation, Livestock, Markets

Bailey Ballou 2012 LMA Champion Auctioneer

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2012 Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Champion is Bailey Ballou of Elgin, OK. Bailey participated in a press conference call just now which I thought I’d share with you in case you couldn’t be on it or are interested in what Bailey had to say. The competition was held last Saturday in Turlock, CA. If you listen …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Audio

Locust Trace AgriScience Farm

Jamie Johansen

Locust Trace AgriScience Farm is the newest career and technical high school in Lexington, Kentucky with energy and environmental being key factors in the facility design and agriculture being the educational focus. Locust Trace features spacious classrooms with adjoining labs, 6.5 acres for gardening, a state-of-the-art greenhouse with an aquaculture area for raising native fish, a soaring auditorium with a …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Aquaculture, Beef, Conservation, Dairy, Education, Energy, Environment, Farming, FFA, Gardening, Horses, Livestock, Poultry, Technology, Veterinary

Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit Wrap-up

Chuck Zimmerman

To get a wrap up of the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit I spoke with President/CEO Kay Johnson Smith. Kay was given these beautiful flowers in recognition of her service during the organization’s celebration of its 25th anniversary. Kay says this year’s Summit was a little different than normal since it focused more on how to effectively communicate with …

Ag Group, Animal Agriculture, Audio