Lots of Reaction to TPP

Cindy Zimmerman

Seems like everyone has something to say about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for more than five days, even though few details have been released. U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman does say that agriculture is a big winner under the agreement. “Tariffs will either be eliminated or greatly reduced or quotas will be significantly …

AFBF, ASA, Audio, Beef, Corn, Government, NCGA, NFU, Rice, Trade

Beef Excellence in Canada

Chuck Zimmerman

Beef is what was for lunch during one of my tour stops at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting. Excellent beef. Beef from the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence to be precise. This center opened earlier this year and is a Canadian beef and veal innovation, training, education and culinary marvel. The key areas are a presentation room, meat …

Ag Group, Beef, CFWF, Food, International, Video

NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts Moving On

Cindy Zimmerman

After six years of serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Forrest Roberts has announced his resignation, effective July 31. Roberts is leaving NCBA to “pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness” but will remain with the organization until the end of July to help with the transition of staff leadership and …

Beef, NCBA

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Assembly

Chuck Zimmerman

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, started in March of this year, announced today the first general assembly meeting. When: July 14 and 15, 2015 Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center 650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202 Program here. Registration here. USRSB’s mission is to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in U.S. beef sustainability through leadership, …

Ag Group, Beef, Sustainability

House Passes COOL Repeal for Meat

Cindy Zimmerman

By a vote of 300 to 131, the House of Representatives passed legislation late Wednesday to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and chicken. “I am thankful for the support of my colleagues today in passing this common-sense, bipartisan bill that is a necessary targeted response to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico,” said House Agriculture Committee …

Beef, Chicken, Government, Livestock, Pork

Schmacon Casserole

Chuck Zimmerman

The AgriBlogger is all about food. This includes casseroles. They’re easy and I make more than enough so I can freeze the rest for another meal. So, with a pound of Schmacon for inspiration I decided to make a new casserole this week. Here are my ingredients: 1 bag of shredded potatoes 1 pound Schmacon (beef’s answer to bacon) 1 …

Beef, Food

Schmacon Inventor Ready for Retail

Chuck Zimmerman

The inventor of Schmacon, Howard Bender, accepted a challenge to do better than the turkey bacon he and a friend were eating one day. So he invented “Beef’s Answer to Bacon – Schmacon.” If you attended this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation convention you might remember being able to sample it. You can read his full story here (pdf). Smokey, …

Audio, Bacon, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food, ZimmCast

Schmacon Kickstarter Campaign

Chuck Zimmerman

You’ve possible heard of Schmacon. After all AgWired brought it to your attention a while ago. This is an award winning product that I’d like to find in my local grocery store. Apparently there is a big fan base that has been started from Schmacon tastings and via social media. Now, Howard Bender, chef and inventor, is ready to get …

Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food

“Rev It Up” My ROI Checkoff Challenge

Jamie Johansen

The Beef Checkoff Program has a unique opportunity to encourage checkoff investors to share how they personally benefit from checkoff efforts, thanks to a generous donation from Yamaha of a three-passenger VikingT EPS 4×4 with specialized accessories and a total value of $21,728.07? Starting March 16, beef and dairy producers can enter the “Rev It Up” My ROI Checkoff Challenge …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff