Animal Ag Sustainability Summit at Poultry Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

The sustainability of animal agriculture was the topic of a well-attended summit at the 2010 International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo in Atlanta. C. Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc., was keynote speaker for the two day summit and his main message was that the animal agriculture industry, both processors and farmers, need to listen to and engage …

Novus International, Poultry, Poultry Expo, Sustainability

Agrotain Talks Sustainability at AG CONNECT

Joanna Schroeder

Sustainable agriculture is a much talked about trend right now and Agrotain International has a product that can help a farmer be profitable and sustainable at the same time – the Agrotain line of products. Micheal Stegmann, President of the company, explained to me during the AG CONNECT Expo what Agrotain does and why it is both economical and sustainable. …

AG CONNECT, AGROTAIN, Audio, Precision Agriculture, Sustainability

54.9 Million Acres Irrigated, Says USDA

Amanda Nolz

As a livestock producer, I like to follow the trends as pastures are converted to cropland. In many places, pastures will always be there, as the land is too steep, hilly or rocky for modernizing or farming. However, the low profit margins in the livestock industry are pushing many farmers and ranchers to expand their crop enterprise and decrease their …

Government, Research, Sustainability

Dirt!

Amanda Nolz

Yesterday, at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Trade Show and Convention, I had the opportunity to listen to Terry Gompert, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Educator with a speciality in grazing. His presentation was titled, “Money Saving Ideas Including Extending the Grazing Season,” and he offered up tips for producers to consider in cowherd management, improved grazing systems and evaluating …

Organic, Sustainability

American Meat Institute Unveils New Sustainability Website

Amanda Nolz

The American Meat Institute recently unveiled a a new website on sustainability. The website opens with its main mission, which states, “A sustainable meat industry is one that takes a long term view of a business’ impact on natural resources, animal welfare, employees, consumers and the communities in which we work and live. The meat industry is proud of its …

New Media, Sustainability

Sustainability and Modern Farming

Cindy Zimmerman

The new president of the National Corn Growers Association, Darrin Ihnen of Hurley, S.D., is the star of a new video on the subject of increasing sustainability in agriculture that debuted Oct. 3 on the television program This Week in Agribusiness. The short video features Darrin and other family farmers telling the story of how better management and modern technology …

Corn, Farming, NCGA, Sustainability

Sustainability in Focus at Plant and Soil Science Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

“Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences” is the theme for the joint annual meetings of three agricultural science organizations coming up next month in Pittsburgh. More than 3,000 international scientists, professionals, educators, and students will present new technologies and discuss emerging trends in agriculture, energy, climate change, carbon trading, science education, and related issues at the …

Events, Sustainability

MOSES Helping Organic Farmers

Chuck Zimmerman

At this year’s Farm Progress Show Eric Hatling, Development and Communications Coordinator for the MOSES, the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, visited with me about the organization. It sounds like their has continued to grow. Eric says that since last year the organization continues to grow. He says they had almost 2,700 people attend their Annual Organic Farming Conference …

Ag Group, Organic, Sustainability