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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Dairy Checkoff Helping Producers Weather COVID-19

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders of the dairy checkoff are working to help U.S. dairy farmers during these challenging times. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of 35,000 farmers, has prioritized work focused on three key areas: schools, hunger and foodservice and industry partnerships. Leaders outlined a shift in its business plan in a letter to USDA Secretary …

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Animal Ag News 4/6

Carrie Muehling

More than 2,000 COVID-19 sampling kits will soon be on their way to hospitals across the state, thanks to Aggie innovation and ingenuity. Viral sampling kits — usually used on pigs, cows and chickens — are being repurposed to test humans by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station. The sampling kits are being assembled from lab …

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Animal Ag Alliance Primed & Prepared for Virtual Summit

Chuck Zimmerman

Virtual conferences are on the rise. The 2020 Stakeholders Summit for the Animal Agriculture Alliance is a perfect example. If you’ve never physically attended one this is your chance to do so without traveling. Current trends in animal rights activism and farm security will be addressed at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Stakeholders Summit, themed “Primed & Prepared.” The …

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Senators Stress COVID-19 Relief for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) led a Senate colloquy Monday to outline the importance of supporting farmers, ranchers and rural America in legislation to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Hoeven worked to include $50 billion in funding authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Joining Hoeven …

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Farmers and Ranchers Committed to US Food Supply

Cindy Zimmerman

America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to doing all they can do to maintain the nation’s food supply amid growing challenges posed by COVID-19. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall, along with Chalmers Carr, a peach farmer in South Carolina, and John Boelts, a produce farmer in Arizona, gave an update on how farmers are dealing with the …

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NCBA Urges Steps to Maintain Beef Supply

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is working to maintain an adequate supply of beef for U.S. consumers during the current COVID-19 outbreak. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says they have taken a number of steps to help protect the value chain, starting with sending a request to Vice President Mike Pence for assurance that meat inspection …

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COVID-19 Restrictions Could Impact Food Supply

Cindy Zimmerman

Beginning today, the United States will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant processing visa services in Mexico indefinitely, including immigrant workers approved under the H-2A guest worker program who are needed to help farmers and ranchers get food in the grocery stores. “The decision to halt visa application processing in Mexico will restrict the number of immigrant workers being allowed to …

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‘Nicely Done, Beef’ Ads Address Misconceptions

Carrie Muehling

A new series of ads from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) shares facts about beef with consumers in an open, transparent and conversational way. “For the first time, we’re really getting out there and being more aggressive in defending beef, and specifically addressing some of those myths and common misconceptions when it comes to beef,” said Season Solorio, NCBA …

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