American Lamb Road Map

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Lamb Board knows where it’s going and how it’s going to get there. After over a year of research, analysis, and industry input, the American Lamb Board is proud to announce the release of the Final Lamb Industry Roadmap presentation. Created through collaboration and consultation from all sectors of the industry, the Lamb Industry Roadmap is owned by …

Livestock, Meat

Bison – The Fastest Growing Meat Industry

Jamie Johansen

The fastest-growing sector of the meat industry may not be what you think. The National Bison Association is the answer and they were present at NAFB’s recent Trade Talk to show that they are dedicated to maintaining their position as a niche in the marketplace. I spoke with Dave Carter, Executive Director of the organization and he talked about their …

Ag Group, Audio, Meat, NAFB

Jagels Elected Chairman of USMEF

Talia Goes

*Post updated with audio from NAFB* The Nebraska Corn Board is proud to announce that Mark Jagels, a farmer from Davenport, Neb., was elected chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) at the organization’s recent annual conference. Jagels served as USMEF vice-chairman over the previous year. ZimmComm intern Kristyn Stidham had a chance to talk with Mark at the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Meat, NAFB

Stay Meaty Fresh with Power Bacon Deodorant

Chuck Zimmerman

Hey all you bacon lovers. I know there are a lot of you out there. Now you don’t have to smear some fresh cooked bacon on your wrists before going to work or out on a date. Just put on some Power Bacon deodorant. FOR WHEN YOU SWEAT LIKE A PIG. POWER BACON deodorant is designed specifically for those with …


Meatless Monday Campaign Flops

Chuck Zimmerman

This is no surprise to me. The Meatless Monday campaign doesn’t have the participation the organizers would like you to think they have. I have thought for some time that reports and effects of animal activists and their trendy sounding ideas are way over estimated. Thanks to the Animal Agriculture Alliance for doing this research! After weeks of investigation, the …

Ag Group, Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Food, Meat

Argentina Meat on the Grill

Chuck Zimmerman

Here in Argentina they like to eat meat. I’ve learned a few things from grilling done gaucho style. This is one of the grills for our lunch yesterday on the livestock tour. It was excellent with all the trimmings that include what I’m now calling the official beverages of the Congress, Malbec and Quilmes. I really wasn’t expecting to eat …

Food, IFAJ, International, Meat

Senators Question Smithfield Deal

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday took a look at the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International, which would be the largest acquisition of an American company by a Chinese company in history. Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says the sale raises many questions about issues such as food safety, protection of intellectual property, and increased foreign ownership …

Agribusiness, Audio, Government, Meat, Pork

Sing a Song of Hot Dogs

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s summer hot dog time and National Hot Dog Month is almost here. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday alone, part of the 7 billion hot dogs eaten over the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s a lot of dogs! …

Ag Group, AMI, Food, Meat

Reaction to COOL Decision

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA has issued the final rule for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), including an amendment to the regulations for muscle cut covered commodities derived from animals slaughtered in the United States. The decision pleased some livestock organizations, but disappointed others. “We are deeply disappointed with this short-sighted action by the USDA,”said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George. …

Ag Group, AMI, Audio, Livestock, Meat, USDA

Recap From Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit

Jamie Johansen

The 12th Annual Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit is a wrap. Each year staff and board members try to bring topics that are hot to the table for experts to share their insights into what the agriculture industry is facing. This year the theme was focused on animal activists and ways we can protect our animals, farms and food but …

Animal Activists, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Food, Meat, NCBA, NPPC